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Kulbhushan Jadhav: Pakistan to allow consular access to 'Indian spy'

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19th July, 2019 10:51:47 printer

Kulbhushan Jadhav: Pakistan to allow consular access to 'Indian spy'

Pakistan has said it will follow a UN court's order to allow consular access to an Indian navy officer convicted of spying.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled on Wednesday that Islamabad had violated international law by denying access to Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Islamabad said the access will be "granted according to Pakistani laws".

Jadhav was arrested in Pakistan in March 2016 and sentenced to death by a military court a year later.

The Hague-based ICJ ruled that Pakistan had failed to inform Mr Jadhav of his rights, and deprived the Indian government "of the right to communicate with and have access to [him], to visit him in detention and to arrange for his legal representation".

Islamabad has said that Mr Jadhav has been informed of "his rights under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations".

The ICJ has also asked Pakistan to review Mr Jadhav's death penalty.

Pakistan is yet to comment on the review.

The ruling has been seen as a victory in both countries.

India said the ruling showed that Pakistan was in violation of international law, while Islamabad stressed that it had won because the ICJ didn't order the release of Mr Jadhav.

The verdict was a culmination of a lengthy legal battle fought between the neighbouring countries at the ICJ.


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