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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has announced that it will deliver its judgment in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case on July 17.

“A public sitting will take place at 3 p.m. at the Peace Palace in The Hague, during which Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, President of the Court, will read the Court’s decision,” a press release (see below) by ICJ said.

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

India moved the ICJ in May the same year against the “farcical trial” by the military court of Pakistan against Jadhav. India challenged the “egregious violation” of the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963 by Pakistan by repeatedly denying it consular access to Jadhav.

Jadhav had previous served in the Indian Navy but, according to the Indian government, retired early and was working in the private sector. India claims it was not informed of Jadhav’s detention in a timely manner and that Pakistan is preventing right of consular access to Jadhav, in violation of the Vienna Convention.

Former solicitor general Harish Salve represented India while Pakistan was represented by Barrister Khawar Qureshi.

—India Legal Bureau

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