Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Pakistan violated its obligations under Vienna Convention, ICJ chief tells UNGA

India has maintained that Kulbhushan Jadhav was running a business in Iran from where he was abducted and illegally taken to Pakistan. (Express illustration)

International Court of Justice (ICJ) President Judge Abduylqawi Yusuf told the UN General Assembly that Pakistan has violated its obligations under the Vienna Convention in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case.

Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer, has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on “charges of espionage and terrorism”. India, on the other hand, has maintained that he was running a business in Iran from where he was abducted and illegally taken to Pakistan.

Tabling the ICJ report before the 193-member General Assembly on Wednesday, Yusuf said in its July 17 verdict the principal judicial organ of the United Nations “found that Pakistan had violated its obligations under Article 36 of the Vienna Convention and that appropriate remedies were due in this case.”

In a major diplomatic victory for India, ICJ had ruled that Pakistan must review the death sentence awarded to Jadhav after a closed trial in April 2017.

India had argued that consular access was being denied to Jadhav in violation of the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. The bench led by Yusuf had ordered an “effective review and reconsideration of the conviction and sentence of Mr Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav.”

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