ICJ asks Pakistan to grant India consular access in Kulbhushan Jadhav death penalty case


  • ICJ asks Pakistan to grant India consular access in Kulbhushan Jadhav death penalty case
    ICJ asks Pakistan to grant India consular access in Kulbhushan Jadhav death penalty case
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'Don't execute him, India should have been given consular access as per Vienna convention', says ICJ. Appropriate to say that Pak shall take all measures at its disposal to ensure KulbhushanJadhav is not executed pending final decision: ICJ India had on Monday presented its arguments in front of the highest judiciary body demanding an immediate suspension of the death sentence awarded to Indian citizen and former naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan’s military court, as the Jadhav was not allowed consular access during the trial.  In its defence, Islamabad accused New Delhi of using the world body as a stage for “political theatre” through a “misconceived” plea. The two neighbours—who last faced off at the ICJ 18 years ago when Islamabad sought its intervention over the shooting down of its naval aircraft—India took the Jadhav case to the world court, accusing Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention and conducting a “farcical trial” for convicting Jadhav without a “shred of evidence”. After hearing the arguments of the two sides, the court said it will issue its order on India’s request for provisional measures “as soon as possible”. “The date on which this order will be delivered at a public sitting will be duly communicated to the parties,” the court said. India demanded the immediate suspension of Jadhav’s death sentence, expressing fears that Pakistan could execute him even before the hearing at the ICJ was over. However, Pakistan asserted that Jadhav’s execution was not imminent, saying that a time frame of 150 days is provided for seeking clemency and in Jadhav’s case even if it started on April 10, 2017, the date of his conviction, the period could extend to well beyond August, 2017. The ICJ also denied permission to Pakistan to play a purported “confessional” video of Jadhav at the public hearing in Hague.



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