The International Court of Justice, Hague has stayed the death sentence given to Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan military court on charges of ‘spying’. This is a big relief for India and the court has already written a letter to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif asking him to stay the death sentence.

The Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) stayed his execution following India’s submission that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he was involved in business after retiring from the Navy. India made an appeal to the ICJ and had implicated that Pakistan had violated the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

Freezing the execution awarded to Kulbhushan Yadav, a retired Indian Navy officer, ICJ stated that in the appeal, India contended that it was not informed of Jadhav’s detention until long after his arrest and that Pakistan failed to inform the accused of his rights. In violation of the Vienna Convention, the Pakistani authorities were denying India its right of consular access to Jadhav, despite repeated requests.

The execution order by a military court in Pakistan sentenced Jadhav to death in April after the Field General Court Martial found him guilty of “espionage and sabotage activities” in Pakistan is being stayed as per the orders from ICJ. This is a big relief for India and Kulbhushan Yadav who has been captured since a year in Pakistan.