ICJ to hear case of India man sentenced for spying on Pakistan

India seeks annulment of Pakistan's verdict on Kulbhushan Jadhav case.

Khawar Qureshi (Pakistan's representative): India's plea for invoking provisions of Article 36 of the Vienna Convention is not relevant in this case.

Jadhav, who was arrested on March 3 past year, was sentenced to death last month for "espionage and subversive activities".

On March 25, a day after the arrest, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said the Indian man arrested from Balochistan has no connection with the government, however, admitted that Kulbhushan Yadav is a former officer of the Indian navy.

"India can not be granted consular access to Kulbhushan Jhadav since he is not entitled to it", he said, as quoted by Samaa.

India has also maintained in court that Pakistan had violated the Vienna convention. A military court sentenced him to death, alleging he was involved in espionage and anti-national activities.

He urged the ICJ President to take note of the farcical nature of the circumstances of the military court. "Else, it will be a violation of the Vienna Convention", lead attorney Harish Salve said.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) will be conducting a public hearing at the Peace Palace in Hague on Monday with respect to the case of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Salve cited three past similar cases in which the global court had intervened.

Rights of Article 36 are sacrosanct, rights of consular access are significant in human rights and global law. Earlier in 1971, India had moved the Hague-based world court when it questioned the International Civil Aviation Organisation's powers to decide Pakistan's complaint about New Delhi denying its airlines from flying over India. "There are many aspects of the case we do not know about", he said.

"We are hopeful we will soon be able to see Kulbhushan in our midst", said a classmate who studied with Mr. Jadhav at the King George School in Dadar. Jadhav has not got the right to get proper legal assistance and the right to consular access. 8. "There is an immediate threat to him to be executed even before a decision is passed". Pakistan has also not yet responded to the request for visas applied by Jadhav's family.

Jadhav had been arrested on March 3 a year ago.

  • Leroy Wright