Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch announced today in a release that she is preparing to file a lawsuit against China to hold the Communist nation “accountable for the malicious and dangerous acts that caused death, health injuries, and serious economic loss from the COVID-19 crisis.”
“Too many Mississippians have suffered as a result of China’s cover-up,” said Attorney General Fitch. “They must not be allowed to act with impunity. Mississippians deserve justice and I will seek that in court.”
General Fitch’s case will seek damages under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) and is similar to a case filed earlier this week by the State of Missouri.
General Fitch also wrote a letter to the Mississippi Congressional delegation to ask their support for legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Congressman Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) that would create a very specific exception in FSIA for Americans to seek such damages, creating an even clearer pathway to victory for the people of Mississippi.
Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-4) was one of 22 lawmakers in the House to join Indiana Congressman Jim Banks in a letter that was sent Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Attorney General William Barr urging them to bring a case against China to the International Court of Justice (ICIJ).
The group claims that China has violated the 2005 International Health Regulations by suppressing information about the COVID-19 outbreak in the city of Wuhan earlier this year and underreporting the number of infections and deaths caused by the contagion, as reported by FoxNews.
China lied to the world. They must be held accountable.
I've joined several lawmakers calling on @SecPompeo & AG Barr to bring a case against China to the International Court of Justice.
— Cong. Steven Palazzo (@CongPalazzo) April 21, 2020
General Fitch’s letter to the Mississippi Delegation states: