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American lawyer files lawsuits against China over coronaVirus outbreak, seeks $20 trillion in damages

American lawyer files lawsuits against China over coronaVirus outbreak, seeks $20 trillion in damages

Vicky | Sat Apr 04 2020

American attorney Larry Klayman and his advocacy group Freedom have filed a $20 trillion lawsuit against the Chinese government, Chinese army, it's chief, the Wuhan Institute of Virology and it's director Shi Zhengli, seeking a claim of $20 trillion in damages. The plaintiffs stated that COVID-19 Virus is a bioweapon "designed" at the Wuhan Institute of Virology on the behest of Chinese Govt to kill mass populations of their enemy including but not limited to the United States. Biological weapons are banned in united states since 1925 and so a biological weapon is a terrorist-related weapon of mass destruction, the lawsuit mentioned.

Stating the incident of Late Dr Li Wenliang (who was the whistleblower of Diseases and later died of COVID 19 infection), Klayman alleged Chinese Govt has shunned everyone who spoke out about it. They have accused China of aiding and abetting death, provision of material support to terrorists, conspiracy to cause injury and death of US citizens, negligence, wrongful death, and assault and battery. Interestingly the compensation amount sought is more than the GDP of China.

There are conflicting reports about the origin of the virus with WHO stating "Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people". As per media reports, an analysis of public genome sequence data from SARS-CoV-2 and related viruses found no evidence that the virus was made in a laboratory or otherwise engineered. Scientist and researcher around the globe have linked the possible origin of the virus to pathogens present in bats although no concrete evidence is present to support this claim as well.

It will be interesting to see how events unfold and the Court responds to the litigation given the conflicts on the origin of the virus.

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