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INTRODUCTION OF THE REQUEST
FOR INTERPRETATION

2.
On April 21, 1999, the State presented a request for interpretation of the
judgment on reparations, in accordance with Article 67 of the American Convention.
3.
In a note of April 23, 1999, the Secretariat of the Court (hereinafter “the
Secretariat”), forwarded copies of the request for interpretation to the next of kin of
Nicholas Blake and to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (hereinafter
“the Commission” or “the Inter-American Commission”) and, in accordance with the
instructions of the President of the Court (hereinafter “the President”), invited them
to present their comments by May 21, 1999, at the latest.
4.
On May 21, 1999, the Commission presented its written comments on the
request for interpretation.
The same day, the next of kin of Nicholas Blake
presented their comments.
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SUBJECT OF THE REQUEST
5.
In the request for interpretation, the State declared that “[f]rom the literal
transcription of the relevant parts of [the judgment on merits and the judgment on
reparations], it is determined that the judgment on reparations contains an
assessment of economic compensation that is totally distinct from the one indicated
in the judgment on merits”, because the latter establishes that Guatemala should
compensate the victim’s next of kin for expenses “incurred in their representations
to the Guatemalan authorities in connection with this process”, while the judgment
on reparations orders payment of expenses of an extrajudicial nature and the
reimbursement of expenses incurred in processing the case before the interAmerican human rights system.
6.
In the relevant ruling of the judgment on merits the Courts resolved
unanimously to,
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4.
declare[.] that the State of Guatemala [i]s obliged to pay a fair compensation
to the relatives of Mr. Nicholas Chapman Blake and reimburse them for the expenses
incurred in their representations to the Guatemalan authorities in connection with this
process;

7.
In the relevant ruling of the judgment on reparations, the Court decided
unanimously,
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2.

To order the State of Guatemala to pay:

a)
US$151,000.00 (one hundred and fifty-one thousand United States dollars) or
the equivalent in Guatemalan currency, to the injured parties, Richard Blake, Mary
Blake, Richard Blake Jr. and Samuel Blake, for reparations distributed as indicated in
paragraphs 58, 50 and 49 of this judgment;..
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