Immediately suspend Jadhav’s death sentence: India at ICJ

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India is presenting its case first, followed by Pakistan later in the day. Both sides will get 90 minutes each to argue their case before the UN’s principal judicial body.

India may avail a “short extension” beyond 90 minutes to present its case, the judge had said in his opening remarks.

A Pakistan military court had awarded the death sentence to Jadhav last month for espionage and subversive activities. Jadhav had been arrested on March 3 last year.

India had appealed against the death sentence on May 8 alleging violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations by Pakistan after its 16 requests for consular access were denied. The next day, ICJ stayed the sentence.

India, in its appeal to the ICJ, has asserted that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he was involved in business activities after retiring from the Indian Navy.

India acknowledges that Jadhav had served with the Navy but denies that he has any connection with the government.

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