YPC Weekly Newsletter

2009


HEARINGS ON THE SUIT OF LEVON KOCHARIAN VERSUS “HAYKAKAN ZHAMANAK” DAILY STARTED

On April 23, court of general jurisdiction of Kentron and Nork-Marash communities
of Yerevan started the hearings on the suit of Levon Kocharian, younger son
of RA Second President Robert Kocharian, against “Haykakan Zhamanak” daily.
It is on the protection of honor, dignity and business reputation of the plaintiff.
The reason of the lawsuit was the editorial “The Adventures of Robert’s Son
in Dubai”, published in “Haykakan Zhamanak” on February 6, 2009. The piece informed
about Levon Kocharian’s detention by police of Dubai, UAE, in the end of 2008.
The plaintiff demands to oblige the daily to publish a refutation and to compensate
for moral losses in the amount of 16 million and 120 thousand AMD (about $ 43.500).

At the session of April 23 the judge noted that “Haykakan Zhamanak” daily cannot
appear as defendant of the present case, as it is not a legal entity. The plaintiff
submitted a petition to change the defendant, which was secured. Thus, the founder
of “Haykakan Zhamanak”, “Dareskizb” LLC, was declared defendant.

The next court session is appointed on May 12.