Hague, July 17: In a major victory for India, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Wednesday accepted New Delhi's request for consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav who is on death row in Pakistan. The ICJ asked Pakistan to review the conviction and sentencing of Kulbhushan Jadhav. The UN court also ruled that the death sentence awarded to Jadhav will remain suspended. The ICJ had restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till the case was adjudicated on. Here are the major highlights of the ICJ judgment in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case.
The ICJ ruled in favour of India on merits, affirming Jadhav’s right to consular access and notification. The verdict was 15 to one in favour of India. Ad-hoc judge, Pakistan's Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, was the dissenting voice.
Kulbhushan Jadhav's death sentence "should remain suspended until Pakistan effectively reviews and reconsiders the conviction and sentence," the world court said.
The ICJ, in its judgement, said that Jadhav’s death sentence should remain suspended until Pakistan effectively reviews and reconsiders the conviction/sentence in light of Pakistan’s breach of Art 36(1) i.e. denial of consular access and notification.
India's other requests including annulment of military court decision convicting Jadhav, his release and safe passage to India were rejected by the ICJ. The verdict was read out by Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, the President of the Court.
"A continued stay of execution constitutes an indispensable condition for the effective review and reconsideration of the conviction and sentence of Jadhav," said the ICJ.
Pakistan "breached the obligations incumbent upon it" under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, the UN court observed.