On November 5, Court of General Jurisdiction of Kentron and Nork-Marash administrative districts of Yerevan ended the preliminary hearings on the suit of blogger Tigran Kocharian versus the founder of “Chorrord Inknishkhanutiun” daily, “Trespassers W.” LLC. As we have reported, the basis for the litigation was the piece “Fascist and Elephant: Save the Elephants”, published in “Chorrord Inknishkhanutiun” on July 13, 2012. The piece contained critics about Tigran Kocharian, whose Internet nickname is “Elephant”. The plaintiff demanded refutation, moral damage in the amount of 3 million AMD, caused by libel and insult (see YPC Weekly Newsletter, September 21-27, 2012). In the course of preliminary hearings the financial claims rose by 500,000 AMD (attorney fees), thus making the overall amount 3,500,000 AMD (about $ 8,600).
The next court session is assigned on November 12.