07:10, May 18 262 0 theguardian.com

2017-05-18 07:10:16
UN orders Pakistan not to execute Indian man accused of spying

A UN court has ordered Pakistan not to execute an Indian citizen convicted of spying until it has had time to hear an argument from India that an international treaty guaranteeing diplomatic help for foreigners accused of capital crimes was violated.

At the core of the dispute is the fate of Kulbhushan Sudir Jadhav, a former officer in the Indian navy who was arrested in March 2016 in the Pakistani province of Balochistan.

India argues Jadhav was wrongly convicted for spying, while Pakistan says his legal process is ongoing and that it has met its obligations under the Vienna treaty on consularrelations.

“It is appropriate for the court to order that Pakistan take all measures at its disposal to ensure mister Jadhav is not executed before this court has given its final decision,” said the presiding judge, Ronny Abraham, reading the court’s unanimous decision.

The international court of justice, sometimes referred to as the world court, is the UN’s court for hearing disputes between states. Its rulings are binding.

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