Kocharyan filed suit against newspaper

Tue 05 April 2011 05:13 GMT | 10:13 Local Time

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Robert Kocharyan

Armenia's second president, Robert Kocharyan, has filed a suit against Hraparak newspaper.

The editor-in-chief of the publication, Armine Ohanyan, said that their office has been served a copy of the claim.

The claim filed with the first instance court of Yerevan's Nork-Marash district, consisted of three clauses. Kocharyan demanded 6 million drams' compensation (about $16,000) for a February 12 report. The court has put a lien on the newspaper's bank accounts.

Ohanyan said that the former president has filed the claim breaching the one-month period envisaged by the legislation but it has not prevented the court from accepting it.

Ohanyan said that the publication of the newspaper will continue and added that the issue of lifting the lien migth be considered at a preliminary hearing on May 10.

She said Kocharyan apparently seeks to have the newspaper closed.

"Kocharyan has decided to declare a war on print media to make everybody silent. But nothing in the article contradicts the facts," she added.




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