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Pakistan Claims Kulbhushan Jadhav Refused To File Review Petition,Wants To Go With Pending Mercy Plea
On June 17, Kulbhushan Jadhav was invited to file a petition for review and reconsideration of his sentence and conviction
Pakistan Claims Kulbhushan Jadhav Refused To File Review Petition, Wants To Go With Pending Mercy Plea
New Delhi: Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav has refused to file a review petition and wants to proceed with his pending mercy petition, reported te Pakistani media on Wednesday, adding that the Islamabad has offered a second round of consular access to him.
News agency ANI quoted the Pakistan Additional Attorney General as saying "On 17 June 2020, Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav was invited to file a petition for review and reconsideration of his sentence and conviction. Exercising his legal right, he refused to file a petition for review and reconsideration of his sentence and conviction,"
Mr. Jadhav was a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by the Pakistani military court on charges of "espionage and terrorism" in April 2017. India weeks later approached the International Court of Justice(ICJ) against Pakistan for the denial of consular access to Jadhav and challenging the death sentence.
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The ICJ ruled last July that Pakistan must undertake an "effective review and reconsideration" of the conviction and sentence of Jadhav and also to grant consular access to India without further delay.
Whereas Pakistan claims that its security forces arrested Jadhav from the restive Balochistan province on March 3, 2016 after he reportedly entered from Iran.
However, India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had a business interest after retiring from the Navy.