Pakistan violated its obligations under Vienna Convention : ICJ Prez

Judge Abduylqawi Yusuf

Judge Abduylqawi Yusuf the President of International Court of Justice (ICJ)  told the United Nations General Assembly(UNGA) that Pakistan has violated its obligations under the Vienna Convention regarding the case of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Judge Yusuf who was presenting the report of the ICJ to the General Assembly said that the  judgement of July 17, the apex judicial organ of the UN found Pakistan guilty of violating its obligations under Article 36 of the Vienna Convention and noted that appropriate remedies were due in this case.

The ICJ in its July 17 decision ruled that Pakistan must review the death penalty awarded to Kulbhushan Jadhav. Jadhav is a retired Indian Navy officer who was sentenced to death by the Pakistani military court on allegations of of espionage and terrorism.

India had argued that consular access to Jadhav was being denied in violation of the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

Judge Yusuf observed that the Vienna Convention does not contain any provision through which counselor assess can be denied to an individual suspected to be a spy. Therefore he concluded that Article 36 of the Vienna Convention was applicable in full to the case at hand, he said.

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