International Court of Justice stays Kulbhushan Jadhav’s hanging

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Kulbhushan Jadhav

The Hague: International Court of Justice today delivered the order on provisional measures sought by India in Kulbhushan Jadhav case and unanimously told Pakistan to take all measures at its disposal to ensure that Mr. Jadhav is not executed pending the final decision in these proceedings and shall inform the Court of all the measures taken in implementation of the Order.

ICJ has also decided unanimously that until it gives its final decision, it shall remain seized of the matters which form the subject-matter of this Order.

While a copy of this order has been placed in the archives of the Court, one copy each was being transmitted to the Government of Republic of India and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Jadhav is an Indian businessman, who was declared an Indian spy and awarded the death sentence by a Pakistani military court martial.

India repeatedly sought consular access to Jadhav after he was taken captive by Pakistan in March 2016, as provided for by international law. Requests to that effect were formally made 13 times between 25 March 2016 and 31 March 2017. This was not permitted by the Pakistani authorities.