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Tatevik Shaljyan

Court Throws Out Slander Suit Against "Hraparak"

Minutes ago, a Yerevan court threw out the slander suit that attorney Arur Grigoryan had filed against the newspaper Hraparak.

Grigoryan had sued the newspaper’s website for 18 million AMD due to a number of comments left by readers under an article pertaining to him.

Several readers commented that they had hired Grigoryan but that he did little for the money they paid.

The court found that there was no premeditation on the part of Hraparak to defame or insult the plaintiff and that the article in question raised important issues of public interest.

The court also found that the sic questionable comments deemed libelous by the plaintiff had been left by individuals using aliases and that their identity was not known.

The court also ordered that Artur Grigoryan pay 360,000 AMD in unpaid court fees (2% of the 18 million).

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