YPC Weekly Newsletter

2013


COURT PARTIALLY UPHELD SUIT OF BLOGGER TIGRAN KOCHARIAN VERSUS “CHORRORD INKNISHKHANUTIUN”

On May 3, the Court of General Jurisdiction of Kentron and Nork-Marash Administrative Districts of Yerevan released the ruling 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 and moral damage in the amount of 3,500,000 AMD (about $ 8,600): 3 mln for moral damage caused by libel and insult, and 500,000 AMD for attorney services (see details in YPC Weekly Newsletter, November 2-8, 2012 and November 16-22, 2012).

At the May 3 session the Court partially upheld Tigran Kocharian’s demands, committing the founder of “Chorrord Inknishkhanutiun”  to publish a refutation, and reducing the monetary award to 700,000 AMD (500,000 for moral damage and 200,000 for attorney services).

“Chorrord Inknishkhanutiun” announced that it intends to appeal the ruling at the upper court jurisdiction.