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Kulbhushan Jadhav ICJ Verdict LIVE: India given consular access

In a big diplomatic victory for India, The International Court of Justice has suspended the death penalty for Kulbhushan Jadhav and approved consular access

 

Hague| The International Court of Justice (ICJ) will today pronounce its verdict in Kulbhushan Jadhav case.

As per the official ICJ statement, a public sitting will take place at 3 pm (6.30 pm IST) on today at the Peace Palace in the Hague, during which top judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf will read out the verdict.

Kulbhushan Jadhav, 49, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by the Pakistani military court on charges of “espionage and terrorism” after a closed trial in April 2017. His sentencing evoked a sharp reaction in India.

Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Muhammad Faisal last week said his country cannot “prejudge” the decision of the ICJ in the Jadhav’s case. “We cannot prejudge the judgment,” he said. He, however, said that Pakistan has fully contested the case before the ICJ.

India moved the ICJ on May 8, 2017, for the “egregious violation” of the provisions of the Vienna Convention by Pakistan by repeatedly denying New Delhi consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Here are the live updates:

“Pakistan has not explained how any of the wrongful acts allegedly committed by India may have prevented Pakistan from fulfilling its obligation”: International Court of Justice

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International Court of Justice (ICJ) finds Pakistan in violation of Vienna Convention on Consular Relations for denying consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav.

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Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who was instrumental in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case has expressed happiness over the verdict.

The ICJ has also continued a stay on Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death penalty.

According to Reema Omer, International Legal Advisor, South Asia, ICJ has ruled in favour of India. It has asserted Kulbhushan Jadhav’s right to get consular access and notification. Meanwhile, it has also asked Pakistan to review the conviction and sentences awarded to Jadhav.

The ICJ hearing will begin shortly. The court will pronounce its judgement on whether Kulbhushan Jadhav be given consular access or not.

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