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Tatevik Shaljyan

Court Throws Out Hayk Babukhanyan's Slander Suit Against Reporter and News Website

Today, Judge Samvel Tadevosyan at Yerevan’s Kentron and Nork-Marash District Court threw out the slander suit filed by Hayk Babukhanyan and Iravunk Media Ltd against report.am and Edik Andreasyan.

In their suit, the plaintiffs had demanded 6 million AMD in compensatory damages for the defamation and personal insult they claimed to have suffered.

Given the decision, the court seized 236,000 AMD in court fees from Hayk Babukhanyan.

The court based its decision on the finding that the plaintiff had violated Point 13 of the Civil Code’s Article 1087.1 that sets out a one month deadline for filing a suit after the alleged defamation or insult has been committed.

Hayk Babukhanyan had claimed that a August 8, 2010 article by Edik Andreasyan that appeared in report.am was slanderous.

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