New developments in Islamabad High Court over Indian RAW spy Kulbhushan Jhadav case

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New developments in Islamabad High Court over Indian RAW spy Kulbhushan Jhadav case

ISLAMABAD – Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday has extended the time for appointment of legal representative for Indian spy and agent of intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) Kulbhushan Jadhav till January 14. According to details, the court has taken the decision on the request of Indian High Commission and adjourned the hearing.

Earlier, attorney general had told the court that Indian government was intentionally not hiring a lawyer for the spy. Now the only choice left was that Pakistani government should provide him a legal representative, he added.

On July 17, 2019, the ICJ had rejected remedies sought by India, including annulment of military court decision convicting Kulbhushan Jadhav, his release and safe passage to India.

Announcing the verdict Judge Abdulqavi Ahmed Yousaf told Pakistan to review the death sentence for an alleged Indian spy, saying Islamabad violated his rights to consular visits.

The court, in its verdict, rejected a number of Indian demands including annulment of military court decision convicting Jadhav, his release and safe passage to India.

The ICJ found that Pakistan deprived India of the right to communicate with and have access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, to visit him in detention and to arrange for his legal representation, and thereby breached obligations incumbent upon it under Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

The tribunal in The Hague ordered an "effective review and reconsideration of the conviction and sentence of Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav".

The judge remarked that Pakistan and India are signatories of the Vienna Convention.