Kulbhushan Jadhav could be executed by Pakistan before arguments are heard: India tells ICJ

Fears that Kulbhushan Jadhav countries can not be executed by Pakistan before they hear their arguments, the prosecutor said India, Harish Salve, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Monday.

The Indian national, who was arrested on 3 March last year and sentenced to death on charges of espionage and subversive activities, was based on confessional statements extracted from him during the Pakistani military guard, Salve added.

As the ICJ began to hear the Jadhav case, India argued that human rights treaties as “bases” were thrown to the wind by Pakistan.

We want adequate legal representation to Jadhav, India said that the main UN judicial body has suspended the death penalty. New Delhi called for the immediate suspension of Jadhav’s death sentence and accused Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention by denying its 16 applications for consular access.

All applications for consular access to Jadhav, 46, fell in “broken bag,” he said.

The current situation, Salve said in court, was grave and that is why India had sought its indulgence. He described Jadhav’s trial process of “farce” and stressed that Pakistan has not responded to Jadhav’s request to see his son.

India presents its case first, followed by Pakistan, at the end of the day. Both parties will have 90 minutes each to discuss their case. India could claim a ‘short extension’ to file its case, the judge said in his opening address.

India has appealed the death sentence on 8 May, alleging a violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations of Pakistan. On May 9, the ICJ gave Jadhav a chance to live.

India, in his appeal to the ICJ, said Jadhav had been taken to Iran, where he became involved in commercial activities after his withdrawal from the Indian Navy. However, he denies that he has a relationship with the government.

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