YPC Weekly Newsletter

2004


ARMENIAN GOVERNMENT MUST ANSWER THE ENQUIRY OF EUROPEAN COURT BY “A1+” SUIT

On June 8 the press-conference of the director of “A1+” TV company Mesrop Movsesian and the Chairman of the International Union of Lawyers Tigran Ter-Yesayan, representing “A1+” in court disputes was held. The journalists were informed about the situation with the suit that the TV company had filed with the European Court of Human Rights. As it has been reported, the suit of “A1+” founder “Meltex” LLC versus Republic of Armenia, accepted by European Court on November 1, 2002, challenged the decisions of the Armenian court jurisdictions on the legitimacy of the broadcast licensing competitions held by the National Commission on Television and Radio (see YPC Weekly Newsletter, November 2-8, 2002). Deprived of air on April 2, 2002, “A1+” TV company took part in 8 broadcast licensing competitions with no success, and in the same unsuccessful manner was challenging the results of almost all these competitions in the court bodies of the country.

According to “A1+” representatives, at this stage the European Court addressed the Armenian Government an enquiry, made of 4 questions and a demand to justify the previous rulings on “A1+” case. The answer to this enquiry must be submitted by the Government till September 20, 2004, after which the open hearing of the case will start at the European Court.