On January 29 in Gyumri RA Administrative Court started to hear the case on the suit of the founder of “Aravot” daily, “Aravot Oratert” LLC, versus Lida Nanian, Governor of Shirak region. The plaintiff demands to hold the inaction of the Governor, who did not provide information on expenditure of budgetary funds. The plaintiff’s representative at court is the Freedom of Information Center.
On August 19, 2009 “Aravot” daily e-mailed all Armenian Governors requesting on how the subsidiary funds of 70 million AMD (about $ 185,000), allocated from the state budget in 2005-2009 to each region, are expended. Only the Governors of Shirak and Lori regions did not answer to the request, therefore, the founder of “Aravot” filed a suit with the assistance of FOI Center.
At the session of January 29 the defender’s representative contended that the inquiry was not received, as the e-mail address of the regional administration is out of use for over a year. With this regard the plaintiff made petitions to verify the e-mail addresses of “Aravot”, from which the requests to Governors were sent, and of Shirak region administration. Both of the petitions were secured. The next session will take place on February 18.