Kulbhushan Jadhav case: ICJ begins 4-day public hearing in The Hague

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The Hague: The International Court of Justice(ICJ) has begun a four-day public hearing of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case on Monday.

Jadhav has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage.

According to reports India moved the ICJ in May in 2017 against the “farcical trial” by the military court of Pakistan against 48-year-old Jadhav.

A retired Indian Navy officer, Jadhav, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April 2017.

India first approached the ICJ on May 8, 2017 for the “egregious violation” of the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963 by Pakistan by repeatedly denying it consular access to Jadhav.

The world court has set a timetable for the public hearing in the high-profile case from Febraury 18 to 21 at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the Netherlands.

While India will argue first on February 18, Pakistan will get its chance to make submissions on February 19.

According to reports India will reply on February 20 while Islamabad will make its closing submissions on February 21.

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