The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has fixed February 18 to 21, 2019 as dates for public hearing of the case of Indian citizen Kulbhushan Jadhav who is held since March 2016 and death sentenced by Pakistan for allegations of spying, espionage and sabotage in the country.
Retired Indian navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav was arrested from Balochistan province by Pakistan in March 2016 after he entered the country from Iran. The Pakistan government slammed allegations of espionage and spying in Pakistan for Indian intelligence, and ordered death sentence punishment for Jadhav in April 2017. However, India has rejected all allegations and has maintained that Jadhav is not a spy and accused Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention for not providing him with consular access and breaking international human rights law.
Furthermore, India took the case to United Nations’ top court – the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in May 2017 and the a ten-member judges bench of ICJ ruled an unanimous decision restraining Pakistan from executing Jadhav till the case was looked into and final decision was passed by the court. However, Pakistan replied with a 400-page long response justifying their decision of executing Jadhav because the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations 1963 applied on “legitimate visitors and did not cover clandestine operations” in December 2017 and stressed the court to implement the judgement.
Today, the ICJ announced that it will hold the public hearing of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case from February 18 to February 21, 2019 in Hague, at United Nations’ principal judicial organ to resolve the dispute between two nations. In the first round on February 18, India will present its argument on the case from 10 AM to 1 PM, followed by argument round from Pakistan on February 19 from 10 AM to 1 PM. In the second round on February 20, India will be allowed to argue again from 3 PM to 4:30 PM and Pakistan will argue on February 21 from 4:30 PM to 6 PM – after which, the ICJ will make its final judgement. Entire case will be live streamed in English and French on ICJ’s website as well as on UN Web TV at above mentioned timings.