ICJ allows consular access to Kulbhushan Jhadav.

International Court of Justice on Wednesday, in its verdict allowed Consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, as seeked by India. ICJ in its interpretation of Vienna Convention stated Vienna Convention does not bar Consular access to spies. International Court of Justice rejected Indian request for release spy, Kulbhusan.

Kulbhushan Jadhav, a serving Indian Navy Officer for Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) was arrested on March , 2016 from Balochistan and was arrested on charges of espionage and was sentenced to death in the following year by Military court.

ICJ verdict was announced by Justice Abdul Qavi Yousaf, who headed the 15 member bench of International Court of Justice. Former Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice (r) Tassaduq Hussain Jeelani was appointed ad-hoc judge by the ICJ in their bench who announced the verdict.

The international court ordered Pakistan “effective review and reconsideration of the conviction and sentence”. The International Court of Justice rejected Indian request for setting aside Military Court’s decision.

During the announcement of verdict, Pakistani side was represented by Attorney General for Pakistan Anwar Mansoor Khan, Barrister Khawar Qureshi, and Foreign Office spokesperson Dr.Muhammad Faisal.



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