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ICJ to pronounce verdict in Kulbhushan Jadhav case today

The Pakistani military court sentenced Jadhav to death on charges of "espionage and terrorism" after a closed trial in April 2017.

Edited by: India TV News Desk New Delhi Updated on: July 17, 2019 10:31 IST
Kulbhushan Jadhav
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Kulbhushan Jadhav

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) will pronounce verdict in Kulbhushan Jadhav case. The verdict is likely to be pronounced around 6:30 pm IST today. Jadhav is currently in Pakistan's custody. A Pakistani military court has pronounced death sentence to Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian Navy Officer, under "espionage and terrorism" charges.

The trial, which took place in the year 2017, was carried out behind closed doors. India had then approached the ICJ urging it to direct Pakistan for Jadhav's immediate release.

The ICJ had said earlier this month that a public sitting would take place at 3 pm (6:30 pm IST) on July 17 at Peace Palace in The Hague.

Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf will read out the verdict.

India has strongly rejected Pakistan's claims that Kulbhushan Jadhav was involved in terrorism and spying activities. India has alleged that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy. 

Pakistan claims that its security forces arrested Jadhav from restive Balochistan province on March 3, 2016 after he reportedly entered from Iran. 

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