On January 17, 2011 the court of general jurisdiction of Kentron and Nork-Marash administrative districts of Yerevan started hearing the case on the suit of RA National Assembly MPs Samvel Aleksanian (unaffiliated), Levon Sargsian and Ruben Hayrapetian (members of Republican Party of Armenia faction) versus the founder of “Haykakan Zhamanak” daily, “Dareskizb” LLC. The reason for the suit became the piece “Seven of the Eight Are in the List”, published in “Haykakan Zhamanak” on October 14, 2010. The article told that some of the Armenian officials and businessmen, including the abovementioned RA NA deputies (who are at the same time major entrepreneurs), appear in a number of criminal cases, instituted by the Russian law enforcement bodies. The MPs demanded to refute the information that discredits their honor, dignity and business reputation, as well as to compensate the moral loss in the amount of 2 million AMD each. Besides, each of the plaintiffs assessed its’ court expenses with 500,000 AMD. Thus, the overall amount of the financial claims versus the defendant makes 7.5 million AMD (about $ 20,500).
At the session of January 17 the court secured the petition of “Dareskizb” attorney, who demanded to provide time for examining the case materials.
The next session will take place on January 24.