YPC Weekly Newsletter

2004


“INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS” STILL HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN THE SUIT AGAINST YEREVAN MUNICIPALITY

On October 29 the RA Court of Cassation secured the suit of “Investigative Journalists” NGO versus the municipality of Yerevan. On September 23 the organization challenged with the supreme jurisdiction body of the country the ruling of the RA Court of Appeals of September 16, 2004, that had left the decision of the court of primary jurisdiction of Center and Nork-Marash communities of Yerevan of June 21 unchanged. As it has been reported, the courts of primary and secondary jurisdiction did not secure the demand of the plaintiff to the Yerevan administration to provide it with documents necessary for journalistic investigation: the resolutions of the municipality of 1997-2003 on the constructions in the public green zone around the National Opera and Ballet Theater (see details in YPC Weekly Newsletter, September 17-23, 2004).

The Court of Cassation ruled to send the case back to the consideration of the Court of Appeals with a new composition. Thus, the “Investigative Journalists” along with the public at large now have a chance to finally get an answer to the question: what were the legal grounds behind the boost in construction of entertaining institutions in one of most beautiful and once the greenest spots of Yerevan?