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Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence LIVE updates: Hearing begins at ICJ

YB WEB DESK. Dated: 5/15/2017 2:01:05 PM

India had approached ICJ on May 8 accusing Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

Indian officials are all set to make oral observations at International Court of Justice (ICJ) as the public hearings in Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence case is to begin shortly at the Great Hall of Justice in Peace Palace at The Hague in Netherlands. The hearings will be conducted in two sessions of one and a half hours each. India will be presenting its case from 1:30 to 3:00 pm (IST) and Pakistan will make observations after an interval of three hours from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.
The hearings will be streamed live on the ICJ website and UN Web TV.
Here are the LIVE updates:
1:50 pm: VD Sharma (co-agent) is now making his arguments in the case. Senior Lawyer and counsel Harish Salve will present his arguments after Sharma.
1:45 pm: India was informer on March 25, 2016 about the arrest of Jadhav on March 3. India requested consular access repeatedly but there was no response to it, says Deepak Mittal in ICJ. He adds that Jadhav’s parents applied for visa to travel to Pakistan but there was no response.
1:42 pm: Deepak Mittal is representing India in the ICJ. He has started speaking in the court. Mittal has began by thanking the court for ‘timely decision’ of sending a notification to Pakistan PM on May 9.
1:37 pm: The hearings on India’s request will be closed after afternoon session after Pakistan officials present their arguments. Indian officials will get extra time after 3:00 pm (local time) because of the time taken by opening statements made by bench.
1:30 pm: The proceedings have started and bench is reading out the details of the case. The registrar reads out India’s demands which include annulling the decision of Pakistan military court.
1:10 pm: Indian officials are expected to make oral observations at 1:30. The hearing may begin shortly.
11:40 am: We are hopeful that ICJ will give a verdict in India’s favour, so that Jadhav is freed soon: Arvind Singh, Kulbhushan Jadhav’s childhood friend tells ANI.
11:15 am: According to TV reports, team of Pakistani officials has reached Hague in Netherlands to attend the ICJ public hearings. Senior lawyer Harish Salve is representing India at the UN platform.
11:00 am: AG Mukul Rohatgi says India has a “very good case” and that Pakistan has violated all the rules – ANI
India had approached ICJ on May 8 accusing Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. Following India’s petition, the ICJ, on May 9, put a stay on Jadhav’s death sentence. Meanwhile, Pakistan had approached ICJ 12 days ahead of Jadhav’s sentencing and submitted a declaration stating matters related to Pakistan’s security could not be a part of their jurisdiction.


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