YPC Weekly Newsletter

2011


SECOND COURT JURISDICTION UPHELD JUDGMENT ON THE SUIT OF DEPUTIES VERSUS “HAYKAKAN ZHAMANAK” FOUNDER

On June 9 RA Civil Court of Appeal released the decision on the compliant of the founder of “Haykakan Zhamanak” daily, “Dareskizb” LLC. The latter had contested the decision of the court of general jurisdiction on the suit of RA National Assembly MPs Samvel Aleksanian (unaffiliated), Levon Sargsian and Ruben Hayrapetian (members of Republican Party of Armenia faction). As it has been reported, on February 7, 2011 court of general jurisdiction of Kentron and Nork-Marash administrative districts of Yerevan secured the MPs’ demands on publishing a refutation on the information as contained in the piece “Seven of the Eight Are in the List” that discredited their honor, dignity and business reputation, as well as to pay off a moral compensation and the court expenses. The matter of the suit – the piece “Seven of the Eight Are in the List”- was 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 court of first jurisdiction obliged the founder of “Haykakan Zhamanak” to pay off 2 million AMD as a moral compensation and the state duty for filling the court of 44,000 AMD to each of the deputies. Thus, the overall amount made 6 million 132 thousand AMD (about $ 16,800 AMD). This judgment was appealed by the respondent at Civil Court of Appeal which considered it on May 26 and 27 (see YPC Weekly Newsletter, May 27 – June 2, 2011).

On June 9 the Civil Court of Appeal resolved to uphold the judgment of court of general jurisdiction finding no grounds for reconsideration.