YPC Weekly Newsletter

2009


DISPUTE BETWEEN “INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS” AND IJEVAN MUNICIPALITY WILL BE REVIEWED AT COURT OF FIRST JURISDICTION

Recently the “Investigative Journalists” NGO received the judgment of RA Civil Court of Appeal on the dispute with Ijevan Municipality (Tavush region), who had appealed the decision of court of first jurisdiction for dismissing its case. As it has been reported, on July 10, 2009 court of general jurisdiction of Kentron and Nork-Marash communities of Yerevan considered the demands of the plaintiff to be baseless. The plaintiff demanded to refute the information discrediting the honor, dignity and business reputation of Ijevan Mayor Varuzhan Nersisian – as seen by the city administration to be present in the articles “Whose Pocket Receives Money from Sand Mine?” and “Will the Three Commissions Notice the Illegal Use of Sand?”. The articles were published in “Hetq” online publication (found by “Investigative Journalists”) on May 5 and June 23, 2008, respectively, and also printed on May 20 and July 9, 2008, respectively, in the supplement to “Azg” daily, “Transparent Local Self-Government”. Besides, the plaintiff requested the defendant to compensate the expenses of 930 thousand AMD (about $ 3,100) made for the attorney services (see YPC Weekly Newsletter, July 10-16, 2009).

On November 13, 2009 Civil Court of Appeal secured the complaint of Ijevan Municipality, resolving to revoke the judgment of court of general jurisdiction of Kentron and Nork-Marash communities, and to submit it to the review of court of first jurisdiction.