The International Court of Justice, ICJ, said, it will issue its order on India’s request for provisional measures in Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence case “as soon as possible”.
India has demanded the immediate suspension of Jadhav’s death sentence, expressing fears that Pakistan could execute him even before the hearing at the ICJ was over. The ICJ said, the date on which this order will be delivered at a public sitting will be duly communicated to the parties.
Yesterday, the international court denied permission to Pakistan to play a purported “confessional” video of Jadhav at the public hearing. India’s attorney Harish Salve told the Court that the Indian national, who was arrested on third of March last year and sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on allegations of espionage and subversive activities, had been framed on the basis of confessional statements extracted from him when he was in Pakistan’s military custody.
India had initiated the proceedings against Pakistan in the Court last Monday saying the death sentenced an egregious violations of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. After that, on next day, the ICJ, stayed Jadhav’s execution.
India, in its appeal to the ICJ, had asserted that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he was involved in business activities after retiring from the Indian Navy. However, it denies that he has any connection with the government.
The two neighbours last faced off at the ICJ 18 years ago when Islamabad sought its intervention over the shooting down of its naval aircraft in Kutch region which was rejected by the court.