ICJ to hear Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case from February 18

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New Delhi: The case of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav will be heard by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) from February 18 to 21 next year, India Today reported today.

Kulbhushan Jadhav, 47, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on spying charges in April 2017. India moved the ICJ in May the same year against the verdict. The world court has halted Jadhav’s execution on India’s appeal pending the final verdict by it.

Both India and Pakistan have already submitted their detailed pleas and responses in the world court.

“The hearings will be streamed live and on demand (VOD) in English and French on the Court’s website as well as on UN Web TV, the United Nations online television channel,” said the press release issued by the ICJ.

Pakistan maintains that Kulbhushan Jadhav was arrested from Balochistan in March 2016, after he reportedly entered from Iran. In its submission to the ICJ, Pakistan had stated that Jadhav is not an ordinary person as he had entered the country with the intent of spying and carrying out sabotage activities.

India denies all the charges and maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy and that he has no links with the government.