On November 29 court of general jurisdiction of Kentron and Nork-Marash administrative districts of Yerevan started hearing the suit of Benik Harutiunian, Director of RA Balneology and Physical Medicine Research Center, versus founder of “Zhoghovurd” daily, “Editorial Office of ‘Zhoghovurd’ Daily” LLC. As it has been reported, the reason of the suit became the piece “The Doctor’s Adventures in the Goldfields”, published in “Zhoghovurd” on September 9, 2011 (see YPC Weekly Newsletter, October 14-20, 2011). The article quoted the US citizen Nuneh Serobian, who alleged that she had a common business with Benik Harutiunian, and he refused to return her more than $ 200,000 she had invested. The plaintiff demanded to oblige the newspaper to refute the information discrediting his honor and dignity, and pay him off 2,2 mln AMD (about $ 5,800), from which 2 mln – as a moral damage compensation and 200,000 – court costs.
The next court hearings will take place on December 16.