YPC Weekly Newsletter

2011


“HRAPARAK” AND RA JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT HEAD REACH AN AMICABLE AGREEMENT

On November 4 “Hraparak” daily published the text of the amicable agreement, concluded between its founder, “Hraparak Oratert” LLC, and Misak Martirosian, Head of the RA Judicial Department. As it has been reported, on September 7 the representatives of the RA Service of Compulsory Execution of Judicial Acts put an arrest on the daily’s property – as a measure to secure the suit, and restrained “Hraparak” of publishing any information on the case until the court renders a judgment. The ground for the compulsory execution was the August 31, 2011 decision of the court of general jurisdiction of Kentron and Nork-Marash administrative districts of Yerevan. However, as “Hraparak” had mentioned,  it had received neither the suit, nor the decision that became ground for imposing sanctions versus the daily. “Hraparak” alleged that the suit may have been submitted by Misak Martirosian, RA Judicial Department Head (see details in YPC Weekly Newsletter, September 8-15, 2011).

As “Hraparak” Chief Editor Armineh Ohanian informed YPC, the version of the daily on the identity of the claimant was proved. Misak Martirosian disputed the articles, “Judicial Department Is A ‘Misakanots’” and “Judicial Department Is A ‘Misakanots’”-2, published in “Hraparak” on August 11 and 12, 2011, respectively. The factual basis for the pieces was the letter of a citizen, criticizing the activities of the Judicial Department; the letter was also sent to the RA Ministry of Justice and RA Procuracy.

On October 3 the court of general jurisdiction of Kentron and Nork-Marash administrative districts of Yerevan approved the amicable agreement, which was to be published by the daily within a month. The agreement, issued on November 4, particularly noted that the information presented in the citizen’s letter is untrue, while the signature under it is a counterfeit. The “Hraparak” founder expressed regret for the hasty publication of the article, which contained untrue information, discrediting the honor and dignity of Misak Martirosian, RA Judicial Department Head. The latter, in his turn, abandoned his legal claims.