The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has announced that it will hold a public hearing on the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian national detained in Pakistan on espionage charges, in February 2019. The announcement follows a unanimous decision last May by the ICJ that it had jurisdiction in the case and that Pakistan should take measures to prevent Jadhav from being dealt the death penalty.
“The hearings will be streamed live and on demand (VOD) in English and French on the Court’s website as well as on UN Web TV, the United Nations online television channel,” said a press release issued by the ICJ. The public hearings will thrust the issue back to the top of the public agenda in both India and Pakistan as lawyers for the two countries make their cases heard before the international court.
In April 2017, Jadhav had been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court after being charged with espionage and terrorism. The Pakistani government maintained that Jadhav was working for India’s overseas intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing.