Hague, July 18:The top UN court has ordered Pakistan to review the death penalty handed down to an Indian Navy officer convicted of spying.
Pakistan has violated international law by denying India consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled.
The rulings of the ICJ are binding but it has no power to enforce them.
Kulbhushan Jadhav was arrested in Pakistan in March 2016 and sentenced to death by a military court a year later.
The Hague-based ICJ ruled that Pakistan had failed to inform Mr Jadhav of his rights, and deprived the Indian government “of the right to communicate with and have access to [him], to visit him in detention and to arrange for his legal representation”.
“A continued stay of execution constitutes an indispensible condition for the effective review and reconsideration of the conviction and sentence,” it added.
However, the court did not order Pakistan to free Jadhav.
An Indian official told AFP news agency that the ruling was “a complete victory”, adding: “This opens up the possibility of consular access and a retrial in a civilian court.”