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ICJ Verdict On Kulbhushan Jadhav Case Live: Will UN Court Rule In India's Favour? Decision At 3:30 PM

18 May, 2017 8:31 AM
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ICJ Verdict On Kulbhushan Jadhav Case Live: Will UN Court Rule In India's Favour? Decision At 3:30 PM

The Hague: The ICJ or International Court of Justice at the Hague, which heard arguments in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case from both India and Pakistan on Monday, will deliver its verdict at 3:30 pm today. India will know today if it has won its case against Pakistan at the UN's top court over the planned execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav, a former naval officer, who has been sentenced to death over alleged espionage by a Pakistani military court. India said that Pakistan has violated the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations by denying Mr Jadhav, 47, access to legal and other assistance from India, and that Pakistan should be ordered to stop his execution. Arguing that the top UN court doesn't have jurisdiction in the matter, it responded to India's appeal by telling the court that it should decline jurisdiction in the case. Pakistan has claimed that Mr Jadhav was arrested in March 2016 in the restive province of Balochistan. There has been a long-running conflict in Balochistan between Pakistani security forces and a militant separatist movement.

India has informed the ICJ or International Court of Justice about Pakistan's gross violations of the Vienna Convention. Here are a 5 important facts that India informed the top UN court about.

India has not approached the international court on any case related to Pakistan since 1971, but the government has said it had no choice as the life of an Indian citizen is at stake. India has appealed to the International Court of Justice to annul Mr Jadhav's death sentence and ensure that Pakistan does not act against the rights of India or of Mr Jadhav.

Describing Kulbhushan Jadhav's trial by a Pakistani military court as "farcical" and without a shred of evidence, Mr Salve said he was not given a lawyer until the trial was nearly over. "The basic rights of Kulbhushan Jadhav were thrown to the winds," he said. India further informed the top UN court that Pakistan had violated the Vienna Convention by denying India consular access to Mr Jadhav 16 times and denying him the right to defend himself.

Representing India at the ICJ, senior lawyer Harish Salve told the top UN court that, "The situation is grave, it is urgent, and hence we approached this court at such short notice." He urged the court to suspend Mr Jadhav's death sentence immediately. Mr Salve brought to the court's notice that Pakistan had repeatedly denied consular access to India and no document of Kulbhushan Jadhav's trial process was given by Islamabad. This, he said, was in violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Access.

On May 8, India moved the ICJ (International Court of Justice) against the death penalty handed down to Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Pakistan military court, slamming Pakistan for violating the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. On May 9, the highest court in the United Nations gave Mr Jadhav a lease of life. India, in its appeal to the ICJ asserted that Mr Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he was involved in business activities after taking early retirement from the Indian Navy. India has denied that he has any connection with the government.

(Kulbhushan Jadhav, who India says was kidnapped from Iran, before Pakistan accused him of "espionage and sabotage" activity in Balochistan)

Last week also, frosty Indo-Pak relations were on full display when Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was on the dais with his Pakistani counterpart Ishaq Dar at the ADB annual meeting in Yokohama, Japan.

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