Kulbhushan Jadhav will get consular access as directed by ICJ
Pakistan will amend its Army Act to enable Kulbhushan Jadhav, Indian Convict to appeal against his death sentence in a civilian court as per the reports on Wednesday. The former Indian Navy officer was tried and sentenced by a Pakistani Military court. The present laws of Pakistani. The military does not allow an appeal. He was given the death sentence in 2017 on charges of terrorism and espionage. This move comes after the International Court of Justice ordered Pakistan in July to give Kulbhushan Jadhav consular access and review his death sentence. Jadhav was allowed a meeting with an Indian official for the first time in September.
Pakistan claims that Jadhav was arrested from Balochistan
Pakistan claims that Kulbhushan was arrested from Balochistan by the security forces on March 3, 2016, and he was plotting an attack. On the other hand, India says that he was abducted by Pakistani security forces from Iran, where he was doing business and falsely accused of terror and spying.
Indian appealed to the International Court of Justice after Jadhav was sentenced. The UN court had said that the death sentence should remain suspended until Pakistan effectively review and reconsider the sentence, in a verdict of 15 to one in favor of India.
The International Court of Justice also agreed to the allegation of India that Pakistan had not informed Kulbhushan Jadhav about his rights and “Pakistan deprived India of the right to communication with the convict and also didn’t give access to him. India was also deprived of meeting him while he was in detention to arrange his legal representation.”
Senior advocate Harish Salve charged only Re 1 as a token amount to represent India during the public hearing in the World Court. India’s former External Affairs Minister Late Sushma Swaraj had revealed in a tweet that Salve charged merely Re 1 to represent India in The Hague
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