New Delhi: The International Court of Justice will pronounce its verdict in the case related to the death sentence of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav on Thursday.
Accordinf to a PTI report, the court will decide on India’s request to suspend the death sentence awarded to the former Indian navy officer by a Pakistan military court.
On Monday, the court had heard arguments from both India and Pakistan and said that it would announce the verdict ‘as soon as possible.’
The court’s verdict on Jadhav case will come out just 10 days after India approached its demanding immediate suspension of the death sentence given to its former Navy officer by a Pakistan military court.
“A public sitting will take place at 12 noon at the Peace Palace in The Hague, during which Judge Ronny Abraham, President of the Court, will read the Court’s Decision. The sitting will be streamed live and on demand (VOD) on the Court’s website as well as on UN Web TV, the United Nations online television channel,” read the statement released by ICJ on Wednesday.
Claiming that Pakistan had denied consular access to Jadhav at least 16 times, India’s counsel Harish Salve had stressed before the 11-judge bench at ICJ on Monday that not granting consular access and not giving legal representation of Jadhav’s choosing amounted to “miscarriage of justice” and “violation” of his right to defend himself.
On its part. Pakistani counsel Khawar Qureshi sought dismissal of India’s application, adding that the Vienna Convention’s provisions on consular access were not intended for a spy involved in terror activities. He added further saying that there was no urgency in the case as the clemency process lasted 150 days.
Asking the court not to entertain India’s application, Pakistan’s foreign ministry director general (South Asia & SAARC), Mohammad Faisal, accused India of using the ICJ for “political theatre.”
During its submission to the ICJ on May 15 at a public hearing, India had demanded the immediate annulment of Jadhav’s death sentence, expressing fears that Pakistan could execute him even before the hearing at the ICJ was over.
Jadhav was arrested on March 3 last year and sentenced to death by the Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and subversive activities.
While India asserted that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he was involved in business activities after retiring from the Indian Navy, Pakistan claims to have arrested Jadhav from its restive Balochistan province.