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International Court of Justice to announce verdict in Kulbhushan Jadhav case on July 17

File photo: Jadhav met his mother Avanti and wife Chetankul on December 25, 2017, at the heavily guarded Pakistani foreign ministry office in Islamabad. Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 04, 2019, 07.27 PM (IST) Written By: Anas Mallick , Sidhant Sibal

The International court of justice (ICJ) based in The Hague, Netherlands will announce its final decision on India Vs Pakistan Kulbhushan Jadhav case on July 17 at 6.30 pm.

The ICJ in a release said, "A public sitting will take place at 3 pm at the Peace Palace in The Hague, during which Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, President of the Court, will read the Court’s decision."

Both Indian and Pakistani government have been informed about the date by the ICJ.

The final oral hearing in the case took place from February 18 to 21, 2019 at the international court during which both India and Pakistan presented their arguments.

Kulbhushan Jadhav is an Indian national who was abducted by Pakistani spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) from Iran and later a Pakistani military court awarded death sentence to him on alleged espionage charges.

India has been demanding consular access to Jadhav since March 25, 2016, when the High Commission of India in Islamabad was first informed about his custody with the Pakistan authorities. 

Islamabad has so far refused to provide consular access to Jadhav. India went to the world court on May 8, 2017, and filed a case against Pakistan for “for egregious violations of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963” and got a stay on his hanging.

On May 18, 2017, the ICJ delivered its order asking Pakistan not to go ahead with his execution.

The ICJ order said, "Pakistan shall take all measures at its disposal to ensure that Jadhav is not executed pending the final decision in these proceedings and shall inform the Court of all the measures taken in implementation of the present order." 

India, in its application, has asked the ICJ for suspending Jadhav's death sentence. 

On December 25, 2017, Pakistan allowed Kulbhushan's mother and wife to meet him in Islamabad, an event that became a media circus after Pakistani Foreign Ministry officials removed the footwear and 'mangalsutra' of Kulbhushan's wife.

Kulbhushan Jadhav timeline 

March 25, 2016: India informed about the custody of Kulbhushan

April 10, 2017: Awarded death sentence by Pakistan Military Court

May 8, 2017: India approaches the International Court of Justice (ICJ) 

May 9, 2017: ICJ Stays execution 

 May 15, 2017: Oral hearing 

May 18, 2017: World Court delivered its Order 

December 25, 2017: Mother & wife visited Islamabad to meet him 

December 28, 2017: Sushma Swaraj briefs the Parliament about the meet

February 18 to 21, 2019: 4 days of oral hearing of India & Pakistan

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India has been demanding consular access of Jadhav since 25 March 2016 when the High Commission of India in Islamabad was first informed of his custody with Pakistan authorities.