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Pakistan violates Vienna Convention against Indian 'spy': ICJ

Ahmed Aiham
18 July 2019, MVT 22:19
A placard depicting Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian national convicted of spying in Pakistan, is pictured in the neighborhood where he grew up, in Mumbai on July 17, 2019. - The International Court of Justice will decide on July 17 on India's bid to remove an alleged spy from death row in Pakistan, in a case that has stoked tensions between the South Asian rivals. (Photo by Indranil MUKHERJEE / AFP)
Ahmed Aiham
18 July 2019, MVT 22:19

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), on Wednesday, ruled that Pakistan violated the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and demanded the review of the death sentence against Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian national convicted over charges of "espionage and terrorism", reported Times of India (TOI).

The violations were caused by failing to inform Jadhav of his rights under Article 36 of the convention. ICJ also noted that Pakistan should have notified the Indian Consulate in Pakistan of his arrest without delay.

As per Indian Media 'MyNation', Jadhav was arrested on March 3, 2016, while Pakistan only informed the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad on March 25, 2016.

India's Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar added that the former navy officer "is in the illegal custody of Pakistan under fabricated charges".

Jaishankar insisted that Jadhav "is innocent of the charges levelled against him" and was forced to confess without access to legal representation.

Pakistan released a "confession" video in which Jadhav revealed that he worked for Indian intelligence. A military court sentenced him to death in 2017.

ICJ demanded Pakistan give India consular access to the prisoner, give Jadhav proper representation and review the death sentence. However, it rejected India's demand that Jadhav be freed.

India maintains that he was detained in Iran before being transported to neighbouring Pakistan.

Media in both countries have claimed the verdict as a victory.