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India moves ICJ over Kulbhushan Jadhav issue

Hague (May 10, 2017): India has moved the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against Pakistan over the convicted RAW spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, claiming that Pakistan in violation of Vienna Convention did not allow consular access to Jadhav.

India has accused Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention in the case of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav who was handed death sentence by a Field General Court Martial last month.

In an application filed in the ICJ, India stated that Pakistan has repeatedly denied consular access to Jadhav, a press release issued by The Hague-based ICJ said.

India alleged that “it was not informed of Jadhav’s detention until long after his arrest,” and learned about the death sentence through the media.

It added that Jadhav was an officer of the Indian Navy, claiming that he was kidnapped from Iran where he was carrying out business.

Jadhav was “then shown to have been arrested in Baluchistan” on March 3, 2016, India has claimed according to the ICJ handout.

According to the press release, India has requested the ICJ to ensure Jadhav’s death sentence is suspended and declared a violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

India sought Pakistan’s restraint in “giving effect to the sentence” and asked the ICJ to direct Pakistan “to take steps to annul the decision of the military court”.

Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said in a tweet Wednesday that “senior advocate Harish Salve” is representing India before ICJ in the Jadhav case.

Jadhav was arrested on March 3, 2016, through a counter-intelligence operation in Balochistan’s Mashkel area for his involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan. He was sentenced to death by the Field General Court Martial in April this year.

In his earlier recorded confessional statement Jadhav admitted to involvement in terror activities in Balochistan and Karachi.

 

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