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ICJ begins hearing on Kulbushan Jadhav’s case

The public hearing of former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav at the International Court of Justice began today. This will be a four-day public hearing in the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage.

India moved the ICJ in May in 2017 against the farcical trial by the military court of Pakistan against Jadhav.

Kulbushan Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April 2017.

However, India has emphasized that Pakistan hasn’t provided any credible evidence to show Kulbhushan Jadhav’s involvement in any act of terrorism.

The ICJ has set a timetable for the public hearing in the high-profile case from February 18 to 21 at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the Netherlands.

While India will argue first on February 18, Pakistan will get its chance to make submissions on February 19. Then India will reply on February 20 while Islamabad will make its closing submissions on February 21. It is expected that the ICJ’s decision may be delivered by the summer of 2019.

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