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Kulbhushan hearing: Pak ad-hoc judge who suffered cardiac arrest joins ICJ

Jillani made the solemn pledge as the ad-hoc judge, International Court of Justice (ICJ) top judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf said

Press Trust of India  |  The Hague 

Kulbhushan Jadhav
File photo of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of 'espionage'

The ad-hoc judge for in the International Court of Justice, Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, on Thursday joined the proceedings in the case, days after suffering a cardiac attack.

Jillani made the solemn pledge as the ad-hoc judge, (ICJ) top judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf said.

He joined the proceedings ahead of the beginning of the hearing on the fourth day during which will submit its final arguments.

Pakistan, while presenting its case on Tuesday, asked the to adjourn the case, citing his illness. It also submitted a request for his replacement.

However on Wednesday, the said that it has not received any evidence that the ad-hoc judge for was unable or unwilling to continue to exercise his duties.

Jadhav, 48, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of "espionage and terrorism" after a closed trial in April 2017. His sentencing evoked a sharp reaction in India.

India moved the in May 2017 for the "egregious violation" of the provisions of the Vienna Convention by Pakistan by repeatedly denying New Delhi consular access to Jadhav.

First Published: Thu, February 21 2019. 21:30 IST
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