This case is about a vocal critic of the regime of Hugo Chávez in Venezuela. The victim, a lawyer and university professor, had filed numerous criminal complaints against State authorities, including then-President Hugo Chávez, the Attorney General of the Republic and the President of the National Assembly, alleging misappropriation of public funds and embezzlement. In turn, he was prosecuted for defamation and sentenced to two years and three months. The Court found Venezuela had violated the victim’s right to freedom of expression, right to defense and freedom of movement.
Case Summary: Álvarez Ramos v. Venezuela