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A timeline to Kulbhushan Jadhav's case in International Court of Justice 

File photo: Kulbhushan Jadhav. Photograph:( Others )

WION Web Team New Delhi Jul 17, 2019, 12.19 PM (IST)

International Court of Justice will deliver on Wednesday its much-awaited verdict in the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was captured by Pakistani security forces and sentenced to death in 2017 on charges of spying for India. 

Jadhav, an Indian national, has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on alleged charges of espionage and terrorism.

Here is a timeline to turn of events in the case so far. 

March 3, 2016: Kulbhushan Jadhav is arrested by Pakistan security forces

March 24, 2016: Pakistan security forces claim Jadhav, "an Indian spy" arrested from southern Balochistan.

March 25, 2016: Pakistan summons envoy on ‘spy’ arrest, India rejects claims.

March 26, 2016: India claims there is no proof that Jadhav, a retired Navy officer, who owns a cargo business in Iran, was arrested in Balochistan as claimed by Pakistan.

March 29, 2016: New Delhi seeks from Islamabad consular access to Jadhav. India made 16 such requests over the next one year, which were denied by Pakistan.

April 10, 2017: A Pakistani Army court sentences Jadhav to death for "for his involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan". India warns Islamabad that it is a case of "premeditated murder".

April 11, 2017: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj makes a statement in both the Houses of Parliament, asserting that India will go "out of way" to ensure justice to Jadhav who is an "innocent kidnapped Indian".

April 14, 2017: India demands from Pakistan a certified copy of the charge-sheet as well as the judgement in the death sentence of Jadhav and seeks consular access to him.

April 20, 2017: India officially seeks from Pakistan details of the trial proceedings against Jadhav as well as the appeal process in the case.

April 27, 2017: Swaraj writes to Pakistan Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz requesting visa for Jadhav’s family.

May 8, 2017: India approaches International Court of Justice against Pakistan for violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963. 

May 9, 2017: Court sent an urgent communication to the prime minister of Pakistan, and called upon Pakistan, to act in such a way, pending court’s decision on India’s request for Provisional Measures (stay order) as will enable any order the Court may make on this request to have its appropriate effects. 

May 15, 2017: ICJ heard India’s request for Provisional Measures. 

May 18, 2017: ICJ unanimously issued a binding order indicating Provisional Measures asked by India to take all measures to prevent the execution of Jadhav pending final judgment of the Court. 

September 13, 2017: India filed its Memorial (first round of written pleadings). 

December 13, 2017: Pakistan filed its Counter-Memorial (first written pleadings). 

February 21, 2019: Final Oral Hearings in the ICJ. 

July 17, 2019: ICJ verdict in the case.