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Charhinets wins millions of rubles in court

2007 2007-12-21T18:07:00+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Pershamaiski court of Minsk sustained a claim of member of the Сouncil of Republic Mikalai Charhinets. “Novy Chas” is to pay Charhinets 50 million roubles. Journalist Aliaksandr Tamkovich must pay 1 million roubles.

It should be reminded that Charhinets laid claim on the publication of political feature “General-Senator Mikalai Charhinets” by journalist Aliaksandr Tamkovich in the newspaper “Novy Chas.” The MP’s had several claims to the publication: from mentioning of literary slaves to ample style of the general and his inclination to self-praise. Charhinets was also insulted with the phrase about “low quality of his works.” The defense responded on every point.

Aliaksandr Tamkovich said yesterday he was right in all counts. The defense also made a motion to literary expert examination of Tamkovich’s article. But judge Alena Ananich denied the request, and sustained the claim of the “insulted member of parliament.”

Initially Mr. Charhinets required the editor’s office should recover 500 million rubles and Aliaksandr Tamkovich – 100 million rubles, and also the account of enterprise “Vremya Novostei”, which publish the newspaper, to be arrested. Yesterday he reduced the sum of compensation to 50 and 5 million rubles respectively.

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