YPC Weekly Newsletter

2010


ROBERT KOCHARIAN’S FAMILY FILES A SUIT AGAINST “ZHAMANAK” DAILY

The spouse and the son of the Second President of Armenia Robert Kocharian, Bella and Sedrak Kocharians, addressed to the court of general jurisdiction of Kentron and Nork-Marash administrative districts of Yerevan with a suit against “Skizb Media Kentron” LLC, founder and publisher of “Zhamanak” daily. The plaintiffs demand to refute the information published in “Zhamanak”, which allegedly discredit the honor, dignity and reputation of Bella and Sedrak Kocharians, as well as to compensate the moral losses, caused by the defamation, in the amount of 6 million AMD (about $ 16,700). The reason of the suit became the pieces published in “Zhamanak” on September 25, September 29 and October 7, 2010. The articles dealt with a number of companies, which were reportedly owned by the Kocharian’s family or managed through the third parties. The suit also noted that the representative of Kocharians’ family sent a letter to the daily’s founder, demanding to come up with a refutation. On October 28, 2010 “Zhamanak” published a piece, “Kocharian’s Heart Desires a Refutation”, which did not refute, but repeated the discrediting information, as seen by the plaintiff. The suit was taken into consideration on November 26, 2010.

The preliminary court session is assigned on January 20, 2011.