In what is turning out to be a big win for India, the International Court of Justice, Netherlands announced its verdict in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case that Pakistan should take all measures to ensure that the former Indian navy officer is not executed.
ICJ ruled out in favour of India and Jadhav’s execution is stayed, saying that India should have been given consular access to Jadhav. India had appealed to stop the execution of the naval officer, who was awarded death sentence by a Pakistan militant court. The court also said that the “rights invoked by India are plausible.”
India had approached the ICJ with its appeal to stop the execution of Jadhav on Monday, who was held guilty by a Pakistani military court of spying.
Jadhav was arrested in March 2016 and Pakistani officials had claimed that he had confessed to spying for Indian intelligence services. He was sentenced to death last month.
India was fearing that Jadhav might be hanged even before the UN court decides on its appeal. In the hearing, the government had accused Pakistan of “egregious violations of the Vienna convention” by denying him access to legal counsel and consular access.
The Indian government had wanted the world court to decide whether Pakistan has broken the international human rights law or not.