YPC Weekly Newsletter

2012


RULING OF COURT OF GENERAL JURISDICTION ON SUIT OF FORMER GEGHARQUNIQ GOVERNOR VERSUS “ZHOGHOVURD” FOUNDER UPHELD

On September 6 RA Civil Court of Appeal revoked the complaint of “Zhoghovurd” founder, “Editorial Office of ‘Zhoghovurd’ Daily” LLC, and the newspaper correspondent Anna Torosian. The latter two had contested the ruling of court of general jurisdiction of Gegharquniq region on the suit of the region’s former Governor Nver Poghosian. As it has been reported, Nver Poghosian, the Governor of Gegharquniq at that time, had contested the piece “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 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. On March 20, 2012 the court partially secured the suit of Nver Poghosian and revoked the counter-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 (see YPC Weekly Newsletter, March 16-22, 2012). On April 18 “Zhoghovurd” founder contested this ruling at Civil Court of Appeal, which started the hearings on May 31.