On March 20 Gavar court of general jurisdiction of Gegharquniq region partially secured the suit of Gegharquniq Governor Nver Poghosian versus “Zhoghovurd” founder, “Editorial Office of ‘Zhoghovurd’ Daily” LLC, and newspaper correspondent Anna Torosian. As it has been reported, Nver Poghosian had contested the article “The Governor Took a Bribe”, published in “Zhoghovurd” on October 7, 2011. The plaintiff demanded to refute the information that discredited his honor and dignity, as well as to compensate 2,5 mln AMD (over $ 6,500): 2 mln – as a moral damage compensation, and 500,000 – court costs. The hearings on the case started on November 17, 2011. On November 28, 2011 founder of “Zhoghovurd” lodged a counter-suit on the protection of honor, dignity and business reputation, demanding the Governor to apologize and compensate the moral loss with 1 luma, the smallest Armenian currency (see YPC Weekly Newsletter, November 25 – December 1, 2011).
At the March 20 session court revoked the counter-suit and partially secured Nver Poghosian’s suit. The court obliged “Zhoghovurd” to publish a refutation, abridging the amount of financial claims to 200,000 AMD (by 100,000 from each – the moral loss and court expenses).