THE HAGUE (9 News) – The International Court of Justice (ICJ) rejected the Indian plea for acquittal of the terrorist Kulbhushan Jadhav at the Peace Palace on Wednesday.
Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, president of the ICJ, read out the verdict. India also suffered a humiliating defeat in the ICJ that rejected several proposals presented by Kulbhushan Jadhav. According to the verdict, terrorist Kulbhushan Jadhav will not be sent back.
The court also asked Pakistan to give the consular access to Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav.
Earlier, the Pakistani team headed by the attorney general has reached The Hague to hear the verdict. The team also includes Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal and other officials.
Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is currently in the custody of Pakistan’s Law Enforcing Agencies (LEAs), has been accused of charges pertaining to espionage which are punishable by death under the law of the land.
Pakistan on Feb 15 released a fact sheet just before the hearing of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case at ICJ in The Hague.
Pakistan has presented evidence obtained from Commander Jadhav after his arrest and during the criminal process leading to his conviction as amply demonstrating his activities in fomenting terrorism and engaging in espionage in Pakistan.
The hearings revolve around the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav, an on-duty Indian navy officer working for the Indian covert agency Research & Analysis Wing (RAW). Jadhav was captured from Balochistan in March 2016. He later confessed to his association with RAW, and involvement in espionage and fomenting terrorism in Pakistan.
The Indian spy was tried in a Pakistani military court, which sentenced him to death in April 2017 for espionage and subversive activities.
Last week, Pakistan presented a fact sheet with evidence obtained from Jadhav after his arrest and during the criminal process.
On May 18, 2018, the ICJ through an interim order stayed Jadhav’s execution until a final decision in the proceedings.