Friday, 21 September

Georgian Court Rejects Chakhalyan's Slander Suit Against Saakashvili



Georgia’s Civil Court has rejected a slander suit filed by Vahagn Chakhalyan against Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili.

Chakhalyan had named Saakashvili and Georgian Prime Minister Vano Merabshvili in the suit, accusing them of making unsubstantiated charges against him for which he was never prosecuted.

The Armenian activist from Javakhk had sought a public retraction of the charges, an apology, plus 22 million Georgian Lari ($13.2 million) in moral compensation.

Chakhalyan had told Hetq that the amount was equal to the monthly expenses of Saakashvili.

The court sustained its rejection of the suit by arguing that the law does not envisage a public apology and that Chakhalyan’s legal basis for the suit was lacking and imprecise.

In his suit, Chakhalyan noted that after being released from prison he has remained unemployed and in dire social straits. He had requested that a delay be granted in the paying of a state fine until the completion of the court hearing of his suit.

Judge Anzhela Khourodze stated that Chakhalyan had twelve days to lodge an appeal.

Georgia’s Civil Court has rejected a slander suit filed by Vahagn Chakhalyan against Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili.

Chakhalyan had named Saakashvili and Georgian Prime Minister Vano Merabshvili in the suit, accusing them of making unsubstantiated charges against him for which he was never prosecuted.

The Armenian activist from Javakhk had sought a public retraction of the charges, an apology, plus 22 million Georgian Lari ($13.2 million) in moral compensation.

Chakhalyan had told Hetq that the amount was equal to the monthly expenses of Saakashvili.

The court sustained its rejection of the suit by arguing that the law does not envisage a public apology and that Chakhalyan’s legal basis for the suit was lacking and imprecise.

In his suit, Chakhalyan noted that after being released from prison he has remained unemployed and in dire social straits. He had requested that a delay be granted in the paying of a state fine until the completion of the court hearing of his suit.

Judge Anzhela Khourodze stated that Chakhalyan had twelve days to lodge an appeal.


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