Pakistan Says Kulbhushan Jadhav Refused To File Review Petition On Execution

The Indian national was sentenced to death by Pakistan’s military court on charges of espionage.

ZEE5 Web Desk

July 9, 2020

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Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was sentenced to death in 2017, has refused to file a review petition, according to Pakistan. The country says that he has instead stuck to filing a mercy petition against his execution. The Indian Foreign Ministry has responded sharply to this development by calling Pakistan’s move a continuation of the four-year-long “farce.” It said that the new statement from the country “seeks to mask its continuing reticence.”

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) had, in July 2019, ruled that Pakistan must review the death sentence of Kulbhushan Jadhav and that it should remain suspended meanwhile. Moreover, the court had also agreed with India’s stand that Pakistan had violated the Vienna Convention by denying consular access to Jadhav after his conviction in a “farcical” closed trial. The Indian national who was arrested in China on charges of terrorism and espionage remains in the custody of Pakistan’s military at the moment.

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