ICJ issues stay order on Jadhav’s sentence until next hearing

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THE HAGUE: A judge at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Judge Ronny Abraham has ordered Pakistan to take all measures to suspend the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav until the final proceedings of ICJ pertaining to the case.
“It cannot be concluded at this stage that the Vienna Convention does not apply to the case of Mr Jhadav”, said ICJ Judge Ronny Abraham.
He said that the Vienna Convention does not exclude persons arrested for charges of spying or terrorism.
While rejecting Pakistan’s stance that ICJ had no jurisdiction to hear the case, Ronny Abraham said that the court could conduct hearing of the case under Article 1.
He maintained Pakistan has proved that Jadhav was an Indian national but India could not satisfy the court regarding its application.
India approached the ICJ on May 8 and accused Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations by persistently denying consular access to Jadhav and conducting a “farcical trial” without an evidence”.
India challenged Jadhav’s sentence last week, basing its arguments around what it says have been violations of the Vienna Convention’s rules on giving countries access to their citizens accused of crime on a foreign soil.
The hearing of the case was held on May 15, where India and Pakistan presented their arguments in the case pertaining to the death sentence awarded to the Indian spy in Pakistan.


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