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ICJ refuses to let Pakistan play doctored video of Kulbhushan Jadhav's confession

To challenge death penalty handed out to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, India has begin arguments at the International Cout of Justice in The Hague.

BT Online | May 15, 2017 | Updated 21:09 IST
LIVE updates: ICJ refuses to let Pakistan play doctored video of Kulbhushan Jadhav's confession

To challenge death penalty handed out to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, counsel Harish Salve has concluded India's arguments at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. ICJ will hear Pakistan's submissions late in the evening.

The last time two countries locked horns at the ICJ was when Islamabad sought its intervention over the shooting down of its naval aircraft in the Kutch region on August 10, 1999.

ICJ is holding a public hearing today at the Great Hall of Justice housed in the Peace Palace at The Hague in Netherlands where the two countries are presenting their case over the contentious Kulbhushan Jadhav issue.

The ICJ had on May 9 stayed the death sentence to Kulbhushan Jadhav after India had moved a petition before the UN body to seek justice for Kulbhushan Jadhav, 46, alleging violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations by Pakistan after its 16 requests for consular access to the former naval officer was consistently denied.

From India's side, a legal team led by former Solicitor General Harish Salve argued the case at ICJ.

Here are the live updates:

7:24 PM: Proceedings at ICJ come to an end. President of ICJ says order as soon as possible.

7:24 PM: 'Kangaroo court charge against Pakistan is bizarre' Pak legal team at ICJ.

7:25 PM: Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav was sentenced to death in accordance with the law: Khawar Qureshi

7:21 PM: Vienna Convention provisions do not apply to a 'spy 'involved in terror activities: Pakistan

7:19 PM: No agency; Relief sought by India is manifestly unavailable and jurisdiction is limited: Pak stresses India's application should be cancelled.

7:18 PM: We have huge border between India-Pakistan, why will we pick up Jadhav from Iran?: Pakistan

7:17 PM: To kidnap a man in Iran and get him for the purpose of confession is far-fetched, says Pakistan.

7:16 PM: Pakistan claims that the Vienna conventions has not been violated.

7:13 PM: Pakistan justifies blocking consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav.

7:10 PM: ICJ cannot decide on national security says Pakistan.

7:08 PM: Pakistan cites 1999 Aerial incident to claim ICJ cannot intervene. 

7:07 PM: Pakistan cites 1974 precedent, says Commonwealth nations usually excluded from ICJ jurisdiction.

7:04 PM: India's demands 'beyond aspirational', says Pak at ICJ.

6:55 PM: India's position advanced towards this court is a sham, says Pakistan's counsel.

6:52 PM: Pak claims the FIR was shared with India and maintains that passport 'requires explanation' at ICJ.

6:51 PM: India has been unable to provide an explanation for Kulbhushan Jadhav's passport which bears a Muslim name: Pakistan

6:48 PM: Setback for Pakistan, ICJ refuses to see Pak's six minute long video

6:40 PM: No desire to waste court's time for political purposes, says Pakistan

6:35 PM: Pakistan says India's application is misconceived and unnecessary, and New Delhi is using ICJ?as a political theatre.

6:31 PM :Moazzam Ahmad Khan (agent), Mohammad Faisal (agent), QC Khawar Qureshi (Counsel) to argue in ICJ for Pakistan in Kulbhushan Jadhav case.

6:30 PM: ICJ hearing on Kulbhushan Jadhav's death sentence begins again. Pakistani delegation will present its case.

3:10 PM: On behalf of Republic of India, I beseech you (ICJ) to please put in place provisional measures: that Jadhav is not executed and that Islamic Republic of Pakistan reports to this court the action it has taken on provisional measures, Harish Salve, said in his closing remarks.

3:08 PM: Trial stands vitiated in international law for violation of Vienna convention, says Harish Salve

3:07 PM: The suggestion that Kulbhushan Jadhav was given a fair trial in the absence of any consular access is untenable, said Salve.

3:05 PM: Kulbhushan Jadhav was framed on confessional statements extracted from him when he was in Pakistan's military custody, says India.

2:48 PM: Pakistan has been acting in brazen violation of the Vienna Convention, says Harish Salve

2:45 PM: The trial was conducted without informing Kulbhushan Yadav his rights under the Vienna Convention. India was not given the consular access, says Harish Salve

2:20 PM: Visa application filed by Jadhav's parents are still pending: Harish Salve

2:09 PM: We got the news of Jadhav's execution from Pak media. Pakistani government did not inform us: Harish Salve

2:09 PM: Jadhav's execution is the breach of human rights: Harish Salve

2:09 PM: India made several requests to Pakistan for consular access which were denied, says Harish Salve.

1:50 PM: Unjust trial by Pakistan's military court is egregious violation of Jadhav's rights. Not giving Jadhav a consular access and the choice of a lawyer is against Vienna Convention, adds says Deepak Mittal.

1:48 PM: "India has demanded several consular access but there has been no response from Pakistan. This reflects farcical nature of hearing in Pakistan. Pakistan has not provided any chargesheet, evidence. No response from Pakistan on visa for family members of Jadhav. This is serious miscarriage of justice," says Deepak Mittal, Joint Secretary (Pakistan-Afghanistan-Iran) MEA

1:45 PM: India says that Jadhav's execution will be irreparable prejudice to his rights and to the Republic of India

1:40 PM: India has a very good case. It is clear Pakistan violated all rules, both in trial and human rights, says Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi on ICJ hearing.

1:30 PM: Both the countries will get 90 minutes each to make their arguments. India is presenting its side now.

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