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World court reserves verdict on Jadhav case

20 May 2017

India urged the worldwide court in The Hague to immediately suspend the death sentence awarded by a Pakistani military court to alleged spy Kulbushan Jadhav, saying "the situation is grave" and there is a possibility that Pakistan may execute Jhadav even before the court decides the case.

Summary: MUMBAI: Classmates of Kulbhushan Jadhav were on Monday glued to television sets, watching live proceedings, as the International Court of Justice (ICJ) began hearing India's plea on the death sentence given to its national Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan.

A panel of 11 judges today heard both India and Pakistan on Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was arrested a year ago and then convicted of spying by a Pakistani military court, which sentenced him to death.

Pakistan has denied India consular access to Jadhav 16 times, which New Delhi had said was a violation of the 1963 Vienna Convention of Consular Relations. India is taking Pakistan to the United Nations' highest court in an attempt to save the life of an Indian naval officer sentenced to death last month by a Pakistani military court after being convicted of espionage.

Not just had all requests for consular access fallen on "deaf ears", the trial was conducted without providing Jadhav his rights. Pakistan also asserted that they have solid evidence of Jadhav's espionage activities.

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"India generated a sense of urgency, improperly invoked the jurisdiction of the court on the basis of imminence, it wants provisional measures on the basis of this urgency invoked".

Attorney General Ashtar Ausuf will be present for the hearing via a video link.

■ India calls for immediate suspension of Kulbhushan Jadhav's sentence and accuses Pakistan of violating Vienna Convention of consular access.

India presented a powerful testimony ahead of the 11-judge bench at International Court of Justice (ICJ) in Hague, Netherlands.

■ India's application on Kulbhushan Jadhav is unnecessary and misconceived, Pakistan tells International Court of Justice.

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Jadhav was arrested on 3 March, 2017.

"India has been unable or perhaps more accurately unwilling to provide an explanation for this passport which is the most obvious indication of covert and illegal activity", he said. Earlier in 1971, India had moved the Hague-based world court when it questioned the International Civil Aviation Organisation's powers to decide Pakistan's complaint about New Delhi denying its airlines from flying over India. It sought to suspend Jadhav's death sentence with immediate effect.

India has further claimed that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he was involved in a business undertaking.

On March 25, a day after the arrest, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said the Indian man arrested from Balochistan has no connection with the government, however, admitted that Kulbhushan Yadav is a former officer of the Indian navy.

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World court reserves verdict on Jadhav case