ICJ rules in favour of India, asks Pak to review death sentence in Kulbhushan Jadhav case

Kulbhushan Jadhav (File Photo)

The International Court of Justice on Wednesday ruled in favour of India, finding Pakistan guilty of violating Vienna Convention in retired Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav case for denying him consular access.

The ICJ also stayed the death sentence awarded to Jadhav by Pakistan.

The court rejected all the objections of Pakistan, including on admissibility of the case and the claims by Islamabad that India had not provided the actual nationality of Jadhav.

The ICJ said that it was satisfied that Jadhav, who was arrested in March 2016 and sentenced to death by a military court in Pakistan on charges of spying in April 2017, was an Indian national.

It observed that even Pakistan had acknowledged the fact that Jadhav was an Indian national.

The court, in its ruling by 15-1, declared “a continued stay of execution” on Jadhav, saying it “constitutes an indispensable condition for the effective review and reconsideration of the conviction and sentence” of the accused.

BY EP WEB DESK

(With Inputs from IANS)

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