Think about Kulbhushan Jadhav's judgment

The highest UN court obliges Pakistan to review death sentences

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ordered Pakistan to review the death sentence of an alleged Indian spy. After the arrest, Islamabad violated the Vienna Convention, according to which an inmate is entitled to consular assistance abroad, the judges of the highest UN court decided on Wednesday.

The Hague court ordered a reconsideration of the conviction and a further delay in the execution of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav.

India described the verdict as a "complete victory". "If Pakistan is to improve relations, it should let him go free and return to India safely," said an Indian government official. Pakistan did not want to comment on the verdict for the time being.

According to Pakistani information, Jadhav was arrested in March 2016 in the southwestern province of Balochistan. Pakistan accuses the 48-year-old of having planned espionage activities on behalf of the Indian secret service. In April 2017, a Pakistani military court sentenced him to death. The following month the International Court of Justice suspended the execution on an urgent basis. India denies that Jadhav is a spy.

It is true that India and Pakistan repeatedly accuse each other of espionage and expel diplomats from the country. However, there have been no death sentences for years.