The International Court of Justice on Wednesday said that Pakistan cannot execute Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian citizen who is on death row. The court also observed Pakistan had breached the Vienna Convention by not granting India consular access to Jadhav.
ICJ has ordered the “effective review and reconsideration of the conviction and sentence.” ICJ President Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf delivered the judgment. Fifteen other judges have concurred with the final verdict. The Pakistani judge had dissented, The Hindu reported.
The U.N. top court has ruled that Pakistan had violated the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations, which gives countries the right to consular access when their nationals are arrested abroad.
Pakistan “deprived the Republic of India of the right to communicate with and have access to Mr Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav, to visit him in detention and to arrange for his legal representation”, the judges said.
“A continued stay of execution constitutes an indispensable condition for the effective review and reconsideration of the conviction and sentence of Mr Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav,” the world court ruled.