The International Court of Justice (ICJ) will on Thursday give its ruling on India’s appeal to stay the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for alleged espionage.
The verdict will be announced at 3.30 pm Indian time, three days after the United Nations’ highest court in the Hague heard arguments by India and Pakistan.
A brief statement posted on the ICJ’s website said: “A public sitting will take place at 12 noon at the Peace Palace in The Hague, during which Judge Ronny Abraham, President of the Court, will read the court’s decision.”
Pakistan says Jadhav, 46, was arrested in March last year in the restive Balochistan province. In April, a military court sentenced him to death for alleged involvement in spying and subversive activities. India has contended he was kidnapped from the Iranian port of Chabahar and his secret trial was a “farce”.
At the conclusion of the hearing on Monday, India asked the ICJ to direct the Pakistan government to “take all measures necessary to ensure that Mr Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav is not executed” pending a final judgement.
The ICJ should also direct the Pakistan government to report to the court about the action it has taken to stay Jadhav’s execution and to “ensure that no action is taken that might prejudice the rights of (India or Jadhav) with respect to any decision the court may render on the merits of the case”.