Pakistan is going to amend its Army Act to enable Kulbhushan Jadhav to file an appeal in the civilian court, as per sources.
Pakistan has decided to amend its Army Act to pave way for Kulbhushan Jadhav to file an appeal in the civilian court, in compliance with the verdict of the International Court of Justice, as per reports.
Under Pakistan’s existing Army Act, individuals or groups being tried under military courts cannot file an appeal or seek justice from a civilian court. The new amendment will, however, do away with the clause in the Act and allow Jadhav access to civilian courts.
Kulbhushan Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court under the Army Act on charges of espionage and terrorism. The International Court of Justice put a stay on the death sentence in its ruling in July 2019.
The ICJ had also asked Pakistan to review and reconsider Kulbhushan Jadhav’s sentence and provide him with consular access and a fair trial. Kulbhushan Jadhav was finally allowed consular access on September 2, 2019, in the presence of Pakistani officials. The whole proceeding was recorded by Pakistan.
India had requested second consular access to Jadhav but the request was turned down by Pakistan saying that no second consular access will be provided to the Indian national who is on a death trial.