Pakistan legal team in The Hague for Kulbhushan Jadhav verdict

The Hague: Pakistan legal team arrived at The Hague in Netherlands on Tuesday, a day ahead International Court of Justice (ICJ) is expected to deliver its verdict in Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case.

The Pak team is lead by Attorney General for that country Anwar MAnsoor Kahn and also includes foreign office spokesperson Muhammad Faisal, according to Express Tribune.

The 48 year-old former Indian naval officer Jadhav was sentenced to sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism on April 11, 2017.

Indian approached the ICJ against Pakistan for ‘egregious violations of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963’ in the matter.

India has contended that it was not informed about Jadhav’s detention until long after his arrest and that Pakistan had failed to inform the accused of his rights. India further alleged that in violation of the Vienna Convention, the Pakistani authorities had denied India it’s right of consular access to Jadhav, despite repeated requests.

Subsequently, on May 18, 2017, a ten-member bench of ICJ restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till the adjudication of the case.

In February this year the ICJ rejected five pleas made by Pakistan during the hearing of Jadhav’s case, including the playing of so-called ‘confessional statement’ of Jadhav and a request to adjourn the hearing citing illness of its ad-hoc judge.