ICJ to resume Kulbhushan Jadhav case hearing in February 2019

ICJ to resume Kulbhushan Jadhav case hearing in February 2019

The Hague (Web Desk/Agencies): The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has fixed February 2019 for hearing case of convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav.

According to sources, the court will hear the case daily from February 19 to 25 next year.

Kulbhushan Jadhav, an on-duty Indian navy officer working for Indian covert agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), was arrested on March 3, 2016, from Balochistan, after he entered into Pakistan from Iran.

He was tried in a military court which sentenced him to death for espionage and subversive activities.

The Indian side submitted its pleadings to the ICJ on September 13, 2017. The stance adopted by the Indian authorities was dismissed by Pakistan in its counter-pleadings, which were submitted on December 13 that year.

In its counter-memorial, Pakistan had stated that Jadhav is not an ordinary person as he had entered the country with the intent of spying and carrying out sabotage activities.

The reply also stated that Jadhav, who was a serving officer of the Indian Navy, does not fall under the purview of the Vienna Convention.

On May 18, 2017, the ICJ ordered Pakistan to halt the execution of Jadhav until a final decision was made in the proceedings.

In January, the ICJ gave a timeline to both Pakistan and India to file another round of memorials in the case.