New Delhi, Jul 17 : Welcoming the verdict of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Kulbhushan Jadhav, granting him relief from death sentence, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said it brings hope for Jadhav's family that he will be be free to return to his home in India.
In a tweet, Rahul said, "I welcome the ICJ verdict. My thoughts tonight are with Kulbhushan Jadhav, alone in a prison cell in Pakistan and with his distraught family for whom this verdict brings a rare moment of relief, joy & renewed hope that he will one day be free to return to his home in India".
However, the ICJ in its verdict has decided not to acquit or release Jadhav.Rahul's remarks came after ICJ put on hold the death sentence to Jadhav by a Pakistani military court for alleged espionage. As Jadhav's execution remained suspended until Pakistan effectively reviewed and reconsidered the conviction, the court also recognised Pakistan's breach of the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations. (UNI)