India appeals to United Nations court to halt execution of 'spy'


Salve, who led the Indian legal team at ICJ, said the matter was "grave and urgent" and hence India approached this court, which took up the case "at such a short notice".

"We may have a hearing on Monday...", Salve said, after India won the stay over Jadhav's death sentence at the ICJ last week.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) today denied permission to Pakistan to play a purported "confessional" video of retired Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav at a public hearing here. While forcefully putting forth his argument, counsel for India Harish Salve said Pakistan denied 16 requests for counsel access.

Pakistan stated that it was not afraid of terrorists and pointed that Indian spy Kulbhushan Jhadav had confessed to being involved in destabilizing activities in the country, as it presented its argument at the International Court of Justice, on Monday.

Qureshi argued that India's application at ICJ unnecessary and misconceived while India maintained that Jadhav's trial process is "farcical".

In Germany vs the US, Salve said, the court held that execution of a German national was "an irreparable damage to justice".

Treatment raised questions over Pakistan military court's fairness, saying that Jadhav's allure was heard by a military court, directed by a two-star general, though his capital punishment was affirmed by a four-star general.

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He added that Pakistan has not been able to give any justification in its claim towards giving death sentence to Jadhav except for the doctored video confession which was displayed on the television and that's all they had to show there. Salve also informed the court that even Jadhav's chargesheet was not made available to India.

The ICJ last Tuesday stayed the execution order against Jadhav, passed by a Pakistani military court.

As the hearing on the Kulbhushan Jadhav's case is going on in the ICJ, TV channel CNN-News18 has confirmed Moazzam Ahmad Khan's presence inside the court. It also wants the trial in a criminal and not a military court. Earlier in 1971, India had moved the Hague-based world court when it questioned the International Civil Aviation Organisation's powers to decide Pakistan's complaint about New Delhi denying its airlines from flying over India.

But death sentences have rarely been issued in recent years.

Jadhav was allegedly arrested in Islamabad on March 3 past year. On May 9, the highest court in the United Nations gave Mr Jadhav a lease of life by putting the sentence on hold.

On March 25, a day after the arrest, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said the Indian man arrested from Balochistan has no connection with the government, however, admitted that Kulbhushan Yadav is a former officer of the Indian navy.