TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. INTRODUCTION OF THE CASE AND PURPOSE OF THE DISPUTE ............................................................................. 5
II. PROCEEDINGS BEFORE THE COURT ...................................................................................................................... 6
III. COMPETENCE ....................................................................................................................................................... 9
IV. PARTIAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RESPONSIBILITY ............................................................... 9
A. Declarations by the State ........................................................................................................................................ 9
B. Observations of the representatives and of the Commission...................................................................................... 12
C. Considerations of the Court ................................................................................................................................... 13
V. PRELIMINARY OBJECTIONS ................................................................................................................................. 16
A. Alleged lack of material competence due to the need to apply international humanitarian law ...................................... 17
A.1) Arguments of the State and observations of the Commission and the representatives..................................... 17
A.2) Considerations of the Court ..................................................................................................................... 18
B. Alleged lack of competence of the Court to examine violations of the Inter-American Convention on Forced
Disappearance with regard to Ana Rosa Castiblanco..................................................................................................... 19
B.1) Arguments of the State and observations of the Commission and the representatives..................................... 19
B.2) Considerations of the Court ..................................................................................................................... 19
VI. PRELIMINARY CONSIDERATIONS....................................................................................................................... 20
A. The factual framework of the case.......................................................................................................................... 20
A.1) Arguments of the parties......................................................................................................................... 20
A.2) Considerations of the Court ..................................................................................................................... 21
B. Request to carry out a control of legality of the actions of the Inter-American Commission .......................................... 23
B.1) Arguments of the State and of the Commission.......................................................................................... 23
B.2) Considerations of the Court ..................................................................................................................... 24
VII. EVIDENCE .......................................................................................................................................................... 24
A. Documentary, testimonial and expert evidence ....................................................................................................... 24
B. Admission of the evidence ..................................................................................................................................... 25
B.1) Admission of the documentary evidence ..................................................................................................... 25
B.2) Admission of the testimonial and expert evidence ........................................................................................ 28
C. Assessment of the evidence .................................................................................................................................. 30
VIII. FACTS ............................................................................................................................................................... 31
A. Background to the taking of the Palace of Justice..................................................................................................... 34
B. The events of November 6 and 7, 1985 .................................................................................................................. 35
C. The presumed victims in this case .......................................................................................................................... 40
C.1) The forced disappearance of Carlos Augusto Rodríguez Vera and Irma Franco Pineda ........................................ 40
C.2) The other presumed victims of forced disappearance .................................................................................... 42
C.2.a) Cristina del Pilar Guarín Cortés .......................................................................................................... 43
C.2.b) David Suspes Celis .......................................................................................................................... 43
C.2.c) Bernardo Beltrán Hernández.............................................................................................................. 43
C.2.d) Héctor Jaime Beltrán Fuentes ............................................................................................................ 44
C.2.e) Gloria Stella Lizarazo Figueroa ........................................................................................................... 44
C.2.f) Luz Mary Portela León....................................................................................................................... 45
C.2.g) Norma Constanza Esguerra Forero ..................................................................................................... 45
C.2.h) Lucy Amparo Oviedo Bonilla .............................................................................................................. 45
C.2.i) Gloria Anzola de Lanao ...................................................................................................................... 46
C.2.j) Ana Rosa Castiblanco Torres .............................................................................................................. 46
C.2.k) Carlos Horacio Urán Rojas................................................................................................................. 47
C.3) The detention and torture of Yolanda Santodomingo Albericci and Eduardo Matson Ospino ................................. 47
C.4) The other presumed victims of detention and torture.................................................................................... 49
C.4.a) Orlando Quijano .............................................................................................................................. 49
C.4.b) José Vicente Rubiano Galvis .............................................................................................................. 49
D. The processing of the crime scene ......................................................................................................................... 50
E. The autopsies and the identification of the bodies .................................................................................................... 52
F. The investigation of the events .............................................................................................................................. 53

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