Inter-American Court of Human Rights

Case of the “White Van” (Paniagua-Morales et al.) v. Guatemala

Judgment of March 8 1998
(Merits)

In the Paniagua Morales et al. case,
the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, composed of the following judges1:
Hernán Salgado-Pesantes, President,
Antônio A. Cançado Trindade, Vice-President
Héctor Fix-Zamudio, Judge
Alejandro Montiel-Argüello, Judge
Máximo Pacheco-Gómez, Judge
Alirio Abreu-Burelli, Judge, and
Edgar E. Larraondo-Salguero, Judge ad hoc;
also present,
Manuel E. Ventura-Robles, Secretary, and
Víctor M. Rodríguez-Rescia, Interim Deputy Secretary,
pursuant to Articles 29 and 55 of the Rules of Procedure of the Inter-American Court
of Human Rights (hereinafter "the Court" or "the Inter-American Court"), renders the
following Judgment in the instant case.
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INTRODUCTION OF THE CASE

1
Judge Oliver Jackman abstained from hearing this case because he had participate at various stages
during its processing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights when he was a member of
that Commission. Judges Héctor Fix-Zamudio and Alejandro Montiel-Argüello sat on the Court pursuant to
the provisions of Article 54(3) of the American Convention on Human Rights, whereby the judges of the
Court shall continue to serve with regard to cases that they have begun to hear and that are still pending.

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