ICJ (UN Court) Verdict On India vs Pakistan

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) will pronounce its verdict on the Kulbhushan Jadhav case on Thursday, three days after it heard arguments presented by India and Pakistan.

The Pakistan military court awarded death sentence to the former Indian naval officer on April 10 for alleged "espionage and subversive activities".

The ICJ had on May 9 stayed the death sentence to Kulbhushan Jadhav after India had moved a petition before the United Nations body to seek justice for Kulbhushan Jadhav, 46, alleging violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations by Pakistan after its 16 requests for consular access to the former naval officer was consistently denied.

After the verdict, India moved to the International Court of Justice against the death sentence and termed the conviction in its application as "egregious violations of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations". The Jadhav case was taken to the World Court at The Hague on May 8 by India, which accused Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention and conducting a "farcical trial" for convicting Jadhav without a "shred of evidence".

Islamabad has rejected 16 Indian requests for consular access to the former Indian Navy officer, held at an unknown prison in Pakistan. The German diplomat also said that executing the Indian national would be like pouring oil on fire.

2 pm IST: The ICJ has in quite a few instances cancelled death sentences.

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It also wants Pakistan to ensure that no action is taken that might prejudice India's or Jadhav's rights with respect to any decision the Court may render on the merits of the case.

Salve demanded that Pakistan annul Jadhav's death sentence, saying he was not given a chance to defend himself.

His alleged confession admitting he worked for India's external spy agency R&AW and his involvement in terror activities was extracted in a military custody, Salve said.

But in the meantime, as the court considers whether to take up India's case, New Delhi asked the tribunal to order a stay of execution until the end of the legal battle.

Pakistan, on its part, told ICJ that the provisions of Vienna Convention on consular access were not applicable for a "spy". Thousands of Indians are praying for suspension of the death sentence given to Kulbhushan Jadhav.

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