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Tatevik Shaljyan

Religious Group Says It Wants to Reconcile With Newspaper

At today’s slander trial at the Kentron and Nork-Marash Administrative Court, pitting the Word of Life religious organization against the newspaper Iravunk, the plaintiff stated that it was willing to seek reconciliation through the auspices of the Information Disputes Council.

Word of Life is suing the paper for an article that appeared last October showing a collage of photos implicating the organization in a sex scandal involving a well-known Armenian show business personality who is said to be a member.

Word of Life is arguing that the article is libelous and defamatory and that it incites religious hatred. It wants the newspaper to retract the article and publish an apology on the front page.

The Court welcomed the plaintiff’s offer and said that it must be presented in writing.

The next trial date is scheduled for May 18.

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