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Kulbhushan Jadhav case at ICJ: 10 developments

15 May, 2017 3:08 PM
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Pakistan rejected India's attempts to invoke the jurisdiction of the ICJ to save the life of alleged spy Kulbushan Jadhav, saying provisions of the Vienna Convention did not apply on spies, terrorists and those who indulge in espionage.

The ICJ declined to play the alleged confessional video during the hearing of Jadhav's case, when Pakistan's session begain in the afternoon.

India's application on its national Kulbhushan Jadhav's death sentence was "unnecessary and misconceived", Pakistan told the ICJ on Monday afternoon. Pakistan also said India was using the court as the "scene of political theatre".

Though Jadhav is not eligible for consular access but he has 150 days to appeal his sentence in the country, Pakistan's lawyer Khawar Qureshi said.

"India has been unable to provide an explanation for Jadhav's passport which bears a Muslim name," Mohammad Faisal, DG south Asia and SAARC, said.

At the end of the Pakistani argument, ICJ President Ronny Abraham announced that the court would give its verdict in the case "as soon as possible". The date will be delivered at a public sitting, Abraham said.

India in morning session called for immediate suspension of its national Kulbhushan Jadhav's death sentence and accused Pakistan of violating the Vienna convention by denying its 16 requests for consular access.

Ahead of the hearing, Deepak Mittal, who is the head of the Pakistan division in the external affairs ministry and is representing India in the retired Navy officer's case at the ICJ, ignored the handshake gesture by Mohammad Faisal, Pakistan's DG for South Asia and SAARC, and offered a 'namaskar' instead.

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