NEW DELHI: The International Court of Justice (ICJ) today unanimously stayed Pakistan’s execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav+ until it rules on the merits of the case.
The ICJ ruled that there is the possibility of “irrevocable prejudice to the rights of Jadhav. In its plea to the court, India had expressed the fear that Jadhav might be executed even while the hearing at the ICJ was on.
“Without prejudging the result, the ICJ considers that the risk or irreparable prejudice, the mere fact that Jadhav is under such a sentence and might be executed, is sufficient to demonstrate such a risk. There is considerable uncertainty as to when decision on any appeal is rendered or when Jadhav will be executed,” said ICJ President Judge Ronny Abraham.
Pakistan cannot execute Indian national Jadhav until it makes a final decision in the proceedings of the case, the ICJ said. It added that it indeed has jurisdiction in the case, superceding a 2008 agreement between India and Pakistan.
The ICJ also said that its ruling is binding.