India and Pak clash over Kulbhushan Jadhav at ICJ

KulbhushanIndia and Pakistan on Monday clashed at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over the death sentence of alleged spy Kulbhushan Jadhav.

India demanded before the ICJ that Pakistan annuls the death sentence of Jadhav and see that he was not executed as his trial was held under “farcical” circumstances in violation of the Vienna Convention.

Lawyer Harish Salve submitted in his over hour-long presentation before ICJ . He told the court that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran on March 16, 2016, brought to Pakistan, presented as an alleged Indian spy and confession was extracted in custody before a magistrate.Pakistan did not inform India of the arrest, said Salve. Pakistan has not provided the charge sheet, any documents on the case despite repeated requests.

But Pakistan rejected the plea on the ground that India had no right to invoke the jurisdiction of the UN’s highest court because the Vienna Convention does not provide for matters relating to spies, terrorists.

ICJ President Ronny Abraham announced that the verdict in the matter would be given “as soon as possible”.