YPC Weekly Newsletter

2009


SUIT OF LEVON KOCHARIAN VERSUS “HAYKAKAN ZHAMANAK” FOUNDER PARTIALLY SECURED

On June 5 court of general jurisdiction of Kentron and Nork-Marash communities
of Yerevan read out the decision on the suit to protect the honor and the dignity
of Levon Kocharian, younger son of RA Second President Robert Kocharian, against
the founder of “Haykakan Zhamanak” daily, “Dareskizb” LLC. As it has been reported,
the court hearings of the suit had started on April 23, 2009. 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 demanded
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 (see YPC Weekly
Newsletter, April 17-23, 2009).

The court partially secured the demands of the suit, by obliging the newspaper
to publish a refutation, to pay off a sum of 3 million and 620 thousand AMD,
and to compensate the sue charges of 72 thousand AMD. As YPC was informed by
“Haykakan Zhamanak”, the founder of the daily intends to appeal the decision
with the upper court jurisdiction.