INTER-AMERICAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS

CASE OF THE LANDAETA MEJÍAS BROTHERS ET AL. v. VENEZUELA
JUDGMENT OF AUGUST 27, 2014
(Preliminary objections, merits, reparations and costs)

In the case of the Landaeta Mejías Brothers et al.,
the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (hereinafter “the Inter-American Court” or
“the Court”), composed of the following judges:
Humberto Antonio Sierra Porto, President
Roberto F. Caldas, Vice President
Manuel E. Ventura Robles, Judge
Eduardo Vio Grossi, Judge, and
Eduardo Ferrer Mac-Gregor Poisot, Judge; ∗
also present,
Pablo Saavedra Alessandri, Secretary, and
Emilia Segares Rodríguez, Deputy Secretary,
pursuant to Articles 62(3) and 63(1) of the American Convention on Human Rights
(hereinafter “the American Convention” or “the Convention”) and Articles 31, 32, 42, 65
and 67 of the Rules of Procedure of the Court (hereinafter “the Rules of Procedure”),
delivers this judgment structured as follows:
CASE OF THE LANDAETA MEJÍAS BROTHERS ET AL. V. VENEZUELA
Table of contents
I INTRODUCTION OF THE CASE AND PURPOSE OF THE DISPUTE .................................. 3
II PROCEEDINGS BEFORE THE COURT........................................................................... 4
III COMPETENCE ........................................................................................................... 6
IV PRELIMINARY OBJECTIONS OF FAILURE TO EXHAUST DOMESTIC REMEDIES .......... 6
A.
Arguments of the parties and of the Commission ...................................................... 6
B.
Considerations of the Court .................................................................................... 8
B.1 Alleged failure to exhaust domestic remedies in the case of Eduardo José Landaeta
Mejías ..................................................................................................................... 9
B.2 Alleged failure to exhaust domestic remedies in the case of Igmar Alexander Landaeta
Mejías ..................................................................................................................... 9
V EVIDENCE ................................................................................................................ 11
A.
Documentary, testimonial and expert evidence ....................................................... 12
B.
Admission of the evidence.................................................................................... 12
B.1 Admission of the documentary evidence .............................................................. 12
B.2 Admission of the testimonial and expert evidence ................................................. 13
∗

Judges Diego García-Sayán and Alberto Pérez Pérez, excused themselves from the deliberation of this
Judgment on preliminary objections, merits, reparations and costs; the former presented his excuses, and the
latter for reasons beyond his control.

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