Kulbhushan Jadhav espionage case: India, Pakistan to fight it out in U.N. court

Delhi will ask for Kulbhushan Jadhav to be taken off death row.

Published - February 16, 2019 09:12 pm IST - The HAGUE

Kulbhushan Jadhav

Kulbhushan Jadhav

India will ask the U.N.’s top court on Monday to order Pakistan to take an alleged Indian spy off the death row in a case that could stoke fresh tensions after a deadly terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir.

Kulbhushan Jadhav was arrested in the restive southwestern Pakistani province of Baluchistan in March, 2016, on the charge of espionage and sentenced to death by a military court. The International Court of Justice ordered Pakistan in 2017 to stay the execution, pending hearings on the broader Indian case that take place this week in The Hague.

Indian lawyers will present their arguments on Monday to the court, which was set up after the Second World War to resolve international disputes, followed by Pakistan’s on Tuesday.

Jadhav, a former naval officer, was accused of working for the Indian intelligence services in the province bordering Afghanistan.

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