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A two-member bench of Islamabad High Court comprising Chief Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb appointed the three senior lawyers in the case of 50-year-old retired Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav.
Kulbhushan Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on the charges of spying and terrorism in April 2017. India approached the International Court of Justice in Hague against Pakistan for denial of consular access to Jadhav and also challenged the death sentence. The court-appointed three senior lawyers as amici curiae. Amicus Curiae is a lawyer appointed by a court to assist the convicted in any matter or case.
Kulbhushan Yadav Case so far
Kulbhushan Yadav on 3 March 2016 was arrested in the Pakistani province of Balochistan on the ground of terrorism and espionage. However Indian foreign Ministry in a statement said that Mr Yadav took premature retirement and was abducted from Iran. Further, on 10 April 2017 Jadhav was sentenced to death by a military court in Pakistan. Following this India took the case to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). On 17 July 2019, the ICJ rejected India’s appeal for Jadhav release and ordered Pakistan to suspend the execution. The court further ordered Pakistan to grant consular access to Jadhav.
Consular access simply means notifying the embassy of those convicted about the arrest physically or through communication following any mode.
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