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International Court stays Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence

The International Court of Justice on Tuesday stayed the hanging of retired Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, sentenced to death by a military court in Pakistan.

Senior advocate Harish Salve is representing India before ICJ.

Tweeting about the development Minister of External affairs, said, “I have spoken to the mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav and told her about the order of President, ICJ under Art 74 Paragraph 4 of Rules of Court.”

 Jadhav was given death sentence on the charge of “espionage” by the Field General Court Martial last month. India acknowledges that Jadhav had served with the navy but denies that he has any connection with the government.

Pakistan claims its security forces had arrested Jadhav from the restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. It also claimed that he was “a serving officer in the Indian Navy.”

The Pakistan Army had also released a “confessional video” of Jadhav after his arrest.

However, India denied Pakistan’s contention and maintained that Jadhav was kidnapped by Pakistan’s agencies.

On April 25, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay had said that government was yet to receive a copy of any chargesheet against Jadhav and did not even know who had defended him in the military court that sentenced him the death sentence.

“We haven’t seen, we haven’t met (Jadhav). He has been in Pakistan’s custody for more than a year. So the well being and state of health of Jadhav is a matter of great concern. We have asked the Pakistani government earlier also, and yesterday our high commissioner (to Pakistan Gautam Bambawale) made a request for providing a report on his medical condition,” he had said.

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