Kulbhushan Jadhav Case: In a Big Win For India, ICJ Grants Consular Access, While Suspending Jadhav's Execution

On Wednesday, July 17, 2019, Indian saw a big victory for itself, when the International Court of Justice ruled in favour of former Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav and suspended his execution. It also granted consular access to India.

ICJ, based in Hague, asked Pakistan to reassess and reconsider the order of execution; and also to review the conviction and sentence against him.

The court further said that it’s suspending the execution until Pakistan reviews the sentence, in a proper and effective manner. It also found a breach of Vienna Convention by Pakistan.

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The session of the International court, on Wednesday, was held under the Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf.

Talking of the entire matter, then Kulbhushan Jadhav was arrested by Pakistan, back in March 2016, on the charges of ‘espionage’. And one year later, in 2017, he was sentenced to death by the country’s military court. But one month later, in May, India took Pakistan into the World Court and succeeded in staying Jadhav’s death sentence.

India had also asserted that the former Navy officer was kidnapped from Iran, where he had his other businesses, after getting retired from the Navy. It further accused Pakistan of denying him a consular access, in violation of Vienna Convention.

At the end of 2017, in December, he was allowed to meet his wife and mother by the authorities in Pakistan.

After Wednesday’s verdict by ICJ, Indian government officials tweeted about it and called it a big victory for the country and also for Kulbhushan.

Raveesh Kumar, the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, welcomed the judgment by the World Court.

PM Narendra Modi also wrote that “Truth and Justice Have Prevailed” in his tweet.

The verdict by the World Court is a big win for the present BJP government also, in the country, led by PM Modi.

Source: ndtv.com

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