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| 18 May, 2017

World Court orders Pakistan temporarily not to execute alleged Indian spy

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Pakistani rangers close the gate after it was opened for trade at a crossing point on the military ceasefire line or Line of Control at Chakka-da-Bagh, about 250 km (155 miles) northwest of Jammu, October 21, 2008. Trucks loaded with apples, onions and nuts crossed the frontier in divided Kashmir for the first time in decades on Tuesday as nuclear-armed India and Pakistan opened the trade link aimed at easing tension. REUTERS/Amit Gupta

Image used for illustrative purpose. Pakistani rangers close the gate after it was opened for trade at a crossing point on the military ceasefire line or Line of Control at Chakka-da-Bagh, about 250 km (155 miles) northwest of Jammu, October 21, 2008. Trucks loaded with apples, onions and nuts crossed the frontier in divided Kashmir for the first time in decades on Tuesday as nuclear-armed India and Pakistan opened the trade link aimed at easing tension. REUTERS/Amit Gupta

Reuters/Amit Gupta

The court, formally known as the International Court of Justice, is the U.N.'s court for hearing disputes between states and its rulings are binding

AMSTERDAM, May 18 (Reuters) - The World Court on Thursday ordered Pakistan not to execute an Indian citizen convicted of spying until it has had time to hear an argument from India that Pakistan violated an international treaty guaranteeing diplomatic help to foreigners accused of capital crimes.

The court, formally known as the International Court of Justice, is the U.N.'s court for hearing disputes between states and its rulings are binding.

At the core of the dispute is the fate of Kulbhushan Sudir Jadhav, a former officer in the Indian navy who was arrested in March 2016 in the Pakistani province of Baluchistan.

India argues Jadhav was wrongly convicted for spying, while Pakistan says his legal process is ongoing and Pakistan has met its obligations under the Vienna Treaty on Consular Relations.

"It is appropriate for the court to order that Pakistan take all measures at its disposal to ensure mister Jadhav is not executed before this court has given its final decision", said presiding judge Ronny Abraham, reading the court's unanimous decision.

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(Reporting by Toby Sterling Editing by Jeremy Gaunt) ((toby.sterling@thomsonreuters.com; +31 20 504 5002;))