India Presents Its Arguments In Icj, Demands Immediate Suspension Of Jadhav's Death Sentence

Published on 16 May 2017 by Team

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Monday began hearing Indian national KulbhushanJadhavs death sentence by Pakistan.

India's representative at the ICJ hearing, Deepak Mittal, described the charges against Jadhav as "concocted" and his trial as "farcical." He further argued that human rights treated as "basics" all over had been thrown to the wind by Pakistan and all requests for consular access to 46-year-old Jadhav had fallen on "deaf ears". 

"India has made innumerable requests since March 2016 for consular access. Pakistan admittedly did not provide access, they have refused to communicate to the consular officers the charges against Jadhav, and the evidence and materials presented against him in the so-called trial. The denial of access to Jadhav has resulted in consular officers of India being unable to arrange legal representation for him and assure themselves of his well-being and safety," the former Solicitor General Harish Salve said.

A Pakistan military court had awarded the death sentence to Jadhav, 46, last month for espionage and subversive activities.

India appealed against the death sentence on May 8 alleging violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations by Pakistan after its 16 requests for consular access were denied.
The next day, ICJ stayed the sentence.

News Source- Times od India


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