The International Court of Justice began a four-day public hearing on Monday in the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav, sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on espionage charges.
India moved the International Court of Justice in May 2017 against the “farcical trial” of the Pakistan military court against Jadhav, 48 years old.
Jadhav, a retired officer of the Indian Navy, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April 2017. Harish Salve reads the various sections and articles of the Vienna Convention under which prisoners are imprisoned foreign. “India and Pakistan have a bilateral agreement on consular access,” he says.
“The Vienna Convention is a powerful tool that guarantees the ease of consular access to foreign citizens who have been prosecuted in foreign trials,” he says. “Article 36 of the Vienna Convention says that a country must be informed about the detention of its citizens, but Pakistan did not inform India about their arrest.”
Without consular access, he says, “India has no information about what happened to Kulbhushan Khadhav in Pakistan.”