Netherlands: On Wednesday, October 3, the principle Judicial organ of the United Nations issued a statement stating that a four-day public hearing will be held in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case at The International Court of Justice, Hague, starting from February 18, 2019.
As per a press release issued by the International Court of Justice, the hearing will be a live event wherein the proceedings will be streamed live. Moreover, video on demand will also be made available in English and French on the official website of the Court and on the United Nations’ web television channel.
In April last year, Indian National, Kulbhushan Jadhav, was arrested and sentenced to death by Pakistani Militaty Court on the charges of espionage and terrorism. In persuasion, India challenging the verdict, moved the ICJ in May 2017.
Subsequently, a stay has been imposed on the execution of Jadhav, until the final verdict of the Court.
Both the States of India and Pakistan were granted sufficient time to submit their detailed pleas and responses to the World Court.
In accordance to the submissions made by India, all charges against Jadhav have been denied and has further maintained that Jadhav had no links whatsoever with the Government. It has been claimed that the convict as a matter of fact was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy.
Earlier India has alledged that Pakistan had violated the Vienna Convention by not giving consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav. In its reply to the ICJ, Pakistan had recorded that the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963, “applied only to legitimate visitors and did not cover clandestine operations”. Pakistan has observed that Jadhav was arrested from Balochistan Province by the Pakistani security forces in March 2016, after he reportedly entered the country from Iran.
Furthermore, Pakistani officials also stated, “since India did not deny that Jadhav was travelling on a passport with an assumed Muslim name, they have no case to plead it.” The Pakistani Military Court was convinced that Jadhav was on an active duty as a spy sent on a special mission.