Published On: Wed, May 10th, 2017

International Court Of Justice stays death sentence of Kulbhushan Jadhav

New Delhi: International Court of Justice has stayed the death sentence given to Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan military court.

India had moved the court on Monday seeking a set of reliefs

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has suspended the death sentence on alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Pakistani military court, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Tuesday.

“I have spoken to the mother of #KulbhushanJadhav and told her about the order of President, ICJ under Art 74 Paragraph 4 of Rules of Court,” she said in a tweet.

Article 74, paragraph 4 of the ICJ says “pending the meeting of the Court, the President may call upon the parties to act in such a way as will enable any order the Court may make on the request for provisional measures to have its appropriate effects”.

India had moved the court on Monday seeking a set of reliefs including “by way of suspension of the sentence of death awarded to the accused”, and “restraining Pakistan from giving effect to the sentence awarded by the military court”.

The Pakistan army had released a statement last month saying that Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was arrested in March 2016 in Balochistan, had been found guilty of “involvement in espionage and sabotage activities” against the country by a military tribunal.

In an order signed by army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, the retired Indian Navy officer was sentenced to death.

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