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India calls on Pakistan to release convicted ‘spy’ after World Court orders review

Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Thursday (July 18) called for early release and repatriation of former Indian Navy Commander Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav who was convicted of being a spy by Pakistan.

The World Court on Wednesday (July 17) ordered Pakistan to review the death penalty given in 2017 to Jadhav. The 16-judge panel said Pakistan has to provide an “effective review” of the case and added that a “continued stay of execution” of Jadhav was needed for that to happen.

India had asked the U.N. court, formally known as the International Court of Justice (ICJ), to intervene in the case, as it said Jadhav had been given an unfair trial and had been denied diplomatic assistance by Pakistan.

The court had found by 15 votes to 1 that Pakistan had breached Jadhav’s rights under the Vienna convention on consular relations by not allowing Indian diplomats to visit him in jail, according to the document.

(Production: ANI)

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