Pak to amend law to allow Kulbhushan Jadhav appeal in civil court: Report

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The former Naval officer was sentenced to death by the Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April 2017. Photo: PTI (File)

As per the International Court of Justice’s condition to allow Indian convict Kulbhushan Jadhav the right to file an appeal in a civilian court, Pakistan is amending its Army Act, media reports said on Wednesday.

The case was being tried under Military courts as the Army Act of Pakistan forbade such individuals or groups from filing an appeal and seeking justice from the civilian court, reported news agency ANI quoting the local media. However, a special amendment is being made for Kulbhushan Jadhav, it said.

Jadhav, 49, was sentenced to death in 2017 after he was convicted on charges of “espionage and terrorism”. According to Pakistan, the country’s security forces arrested Jadhav on March 3, 2016 as he was plotting an attack. However, India contradicts this claim and says he was abducted by Pakistani forces from Iran and is being falsely accused.

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