INTER - AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS COMISION INTERAMERICANA DE DERECHOS HUMANOS COMISSÃO INTERAMERICANA DE DIREITOS HUMANOS COMMISSION INTERAMÉRICAINE DES DROITS DE L'HOMME ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES WASHINGTON, D.C. 2 0 0 0 6 USA January 20, 2012 RE.: Case 12.608 Liakat Ali Alibux Suriname Mr. Secretary, On behalf of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, I am pleased to address you in order to submit to the jurisdiction of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights the case 12.608 Liakat Ali Alibux against the Republic of Suriname (hereinafter “the State” or “Suriname”), related to the investigation of and criminal proceedings against Mr. Liakat Ali Alibux - former Minister of Finance and former Minister of Natural Resources - who was sentenced on November 5, 2003 for the crime of forgery, in accordance with the procedures provide for in the Indictment of Political Officials Act. In its report on the merits, the Commission concluded that within the framework of that process the State of Suriname is internationally responsible for violating the rights to a fair trial, to judicial protection, to freedom from ex post facto laws, and to freedom of movement and residence, as set forth in Articles 8, 25, 9, and 22 of the American Convention on Human Rights. Specifically, the Commission found that Mr. Alibux did not have a remedy to appeal his conviction; that he did not have access to the courts to challenge the constitutionality of the Act under which he was tried; that said Act was applied ex post facto; and that the restriction on his ability to leave the country was disproportionate. The State deposited its instrument of accession to the American Convention, and accepted the Court’s jurisdiction, on November 12, 1987. The Commission appoints Commissioner Dinah Shelton and Executive Secretary Santiago A. Canton as the delegates in this case; and Deputy Executive Secretary Elizabeth Abi-Mershed, and Specialists Silvia Serrano Guzmán, Mario López-Garelli, and Hilaire Sobers, as legal advisors. Mr. Pablo Saavedra Alessandri, Secretary Inter-American Court of Human Rights Apartado 6906-1000 San José, Costa Rica Enclosures

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