ICJ Stays Kulbhushan Jadhav’s Death Sentence By Pakistani Military Court

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4:05 pm 18 May, 2017


The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled in India’s favor on May 18 in the Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case.

The UN court at The Hague put a stay order on the death sentence given to Jadahav by a Pakistani military court.

 

Former Indian Navy man Kulbhushan Jadhav.

The ICJ said, “Pakistan should take all measures to ensure that Kulbhushan Jadhav is not executed till the final decision of this court.”

The final decision of the court will be given towards the end of August.

The verdict makes this one of the biggest diplomatic victories for India on the international stage.

 

ICJ judge Ronny Abraham overruled Pakistan’s objections to India’s arguments and said that the case indeed fell under the Vienna conventions.

 

The ICJ told Pakistan that it must inform the court of all measures it takes on Jadhav following the verdict, including granting consular access to India.

 

It took just 10 days for the ICJ to pronounce its verdict from the time India approached it calling for the suspension of the sentencing of the former naval officer.

All 11 judges of the bench were unanimous in their decision.

 

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Arguing for India, lead attorney Harish Salve had told the court that Pakistan had violated the Vienna Convention by convicting Jadhav, thus making it illegal. New Delhi asked the ICJ to annul the death sentence and tell Pakistan to release Jadhav if Islamabad fails to annul the decision.

 

New Delhi also called the trial “farcical” and said that Jadhav’s confession was forcibly extracted by Pakistani authorities in military custody.

In its argument, Islamabad said that the case did not fall under the provisions of the Vienna Convention because it was related to espionage.

 

Harish Salve (left) who represented Jadhav and India’s case at the ICJ. Twitter

ICJ had also denied Pakistan permission to play the Jadhav’s “confessional” video at the hearing.

Pakistan did not even grant India consular access to Jadhav in spite of 16 requests, a fact pointed out at the ICJ.

The Mumbai-based Jadhav was abducted from Iran in March 2016 near the Pakistan border by Pakistani authorities who then accused and sentenced him for espionage activities in Balochistan.

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