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International Court Of Justice Stays Kulbhushan Jadhav's Hanging

Temporary relief.

10/05/2017 8:30 AM IST | Updated 10/05/2017 8:31 AM IST
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Photo of Kulbhushan Yadav by Gurukul students of art seen as part of a protest against his death sentence at Lalbaugh, on April 15, 2017 in Mumbai.

The International Court of Justice has stayed the hanging of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of "spying".

The Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) stayed his execution following India's submission that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he was involved in business after retiring from the Navy.

Jadhav was given death sentence last month by the Field General Court Martial in Pakistan, evoking a sharp reaction in India which warned Pakistan of consequences and damage to bilateral ties if the "pre-meditated murder" was carried out.

India acknowledges that Jadhav had served with the Navy but denies that he has any connection with the government.

India had been denied consular access to Jadhav 13 times. The issue had triggered a fresh tension in Indo-Pak ties and India had warned Pakistan of the "consequences" Jadhav's hanging could have on their ties and vowed to go "out of the way" to save him amid pervasive outrage in the country.

Read: Former Indian Navy Officer, Kulbhushan Jadhav, Sentenced To Death In Pak On Charges Of Espionage

Here's the full text of India's application:

Cour internationale de Justice

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said she has conveyed the news to Jadhav's mother.

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