Kulbhushan Jadhav hearing at ICJ: India fears Pakistan may execute death sentence before decision

The International Court of Justice is holding public hearings after India reached out for its intervention against Pakistan awarding a death sentence to Kulbhushan Jadhav

The hearing for India’s plea against the death sentence awarded to Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Pakistan court has begun in the International Court of Justice. The ICJ is holding public hearings in the case. The principal judicial organ of the United Nations had on May 9 put a stay on the death sentence to the former Indian Navy officer.

The development came after India instituted proceedings against Pakistan, accusing the latter of “egregious violations of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations” in the matter of detention and trial of Jadhav, and sought a stay on his death sentence.

Here are the live updates of what is happening in the court:

3:05 pm: India has a strong case against Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence. Please take all measures to ensure that he is not executed: Harish Salve

3:00 pm: Kulbhushan Jadhav retired from Indian Navy and had been doing business in Iran: Harish Salve

2:55 pm: Rights of article 36 are sacrosanct, rights of consular access are significant in human rights and international law: Harish Salve

2:45 pm: India has not been given a copy of the chargesheet filed against Jadhav. We want appropriate legal representation for Kulbhushan Jadhav: Harish Salve

2:42 pm: India has not been given a copy of charges or verdict by Pakistan: Harish Salve

2:40 pm: The breach of the Vienna convention is fatal: Harish Salve

2:35 pm: India fears that Kulbhushan Jadhav may be executed before its arguments are heard in the case

2:30 pm: India seeks annulment of Pakistan’s verdict on #KulbhushanJadhav case: Harish Salve

2:27 pm: India’s position has been consistent that Kulbhushan Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran and confession was extracted in military custody: Harish Salve

2:26 pm: India calls for immediate suspension of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s sentence, accusing Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention of consular access

2:25 pm: Visa application filed by Kulbhushan Jadhav’s parents is still pending: Harish Salve

2:22 pm: The whole of India is together in saving Kulbhushan Jadhav against Pakistan’s verdict: Harish Salve

2:20 pm: I submit in all seriousness that Kulbhushan Jadhav has been convicted of serious offences. I also submit remedies that can be taken in the case: Harish Salve

2:15 pm: The current situation is grave and that is the reason we have sought the indulgence of the ICJ: Harish Salve

2:10 pm: India made innumerable requests to Pakistan for consular access which Pakistan has repeatedly denied: Harish Salve

2:05 pm: Pakistan refused to provide evidence they have against Kulbhushan Jadhav for India to provide him legal assistance

2:00 pm: Harish Salve, counsel for India, begins his argument in the case, says the situation we find is grave and urgent.

1:55 pm: India’s agent Deepak Mittal tells ICJ that trial of Kulbhushan Jadhav was farcical and urges for provisional measures.

1:52 pm: His “confession” has been taken without Jadhav being given any legal support: India at the ICJ

1:51 pm: Parents of Jadhav wrote to Pakistan for a visa on 25 April, 2017 but that is also pending: India at the ICJ

1:50 pm: India recalls “brief facts of the case:
India was informed on March 25, 2016
India sought consular access, which was denied
Despite a number of reminders, there has been no response.
March 23, 2017: India yet again asked for consular access, Pakistan got its first official response”

1:45 pm: India’s agent Dr Deepak Mittal argues for India ICJ

1:40 pm: Registrar reads out India’s plea against death sentence for Kulbhushan Jadhav

1:30 pm: The hearing for India’s plea against the death sentence awarded to Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Pakistan court has begun in The Hague, Netherlands

Watch the live proceedings of the hearing: