ICJ to resume Kulbhushan Jadhav's death sentence hearing

Elias Hubbard
September 13, 2017

The International Court of Justice will on Wednesday resume hearing in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, who was sentenced to death by a military court in Pakistan earlier this year on charges of being an Indian spy.

India will reportedly hand over its written arguments, known as memorial, to the ICJ on its plea to declare Pakistan as violator of global law for sentencing Jadhav to death.

Jadhav, a 47-year-old former Indian naval officer, is on death row in Pakistan after the country's military in an April secret trial found him guilty of espionage and terrorism.

India had informed the ICJ on May 15 that it feared Pakistan may execute Jadhav before the court gives its verdict.

Minister AhsanIqbal said Jadhav's case was a proof ofIndia's intentions to sabotage the Dollars 50-billion CPEC throughterrorism, The News International reported.

"The spy was tried through field general court martial under the Pakistan army act and awarded the death sentence".

The recent developments in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) have prompted Pakistan to also say that Jadhav had been secretly involved in creating security issues for the project. India was repeatedly refused consular access to him.

BJP leader Rahul Sinha also expressed hope for justice in the matter. It will contend that Islamabad is acting in defiance Article 14 of the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966), and reiterate that Jadhav was illegally abducted from Iran, where he was running a small business. We should not comment on it. The International Court of Justice restrained Pakistan from executing the Indian national on May 18.

The ICJ in its May statement also said that the government of Pakistan shall inform it of all measures taken in implementation of the order.

Pakistan disputes India's allegations and claims it arrested Jadhav from its restive Balochistan province.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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