The African adventures of the Kocharyans were not news to the readers of “Haykakan Zhamanak” at all. Before publishing the well-known photographs, the issue of August 19, 2009 of “Haykakan Zhamanak” newspaper contained a news item with the following content, as you know: “According to our sources, on Friday Robert Kocharyan, together with his son Sedrak, were among the passengers of the Yerevan-Dubai flight (…) According to our sources, Kocharyan has left for Tanzania for hunting.” As you can see, this news item, which many people considered “slander”, has been eloquently proven to be true over time. I am saying this also for those who are skeptical about the information provided by our sources. So the same source, which provided us with the information about Kocharyans’ Tanzanian hunting, which has now been confirmed by a number of facts, had earlier handed over information to our newspaper, on the basis of which the following news item was published in the February 6, 2009 issue of HZH: “А few days before New Year’s, local Dubai police arrested Robert Kocharyan’s younger son, Levon Kocharyan, while in a drunken stupor. According to credible sources, arrested along with the younger Kocharyan was the son of well-known Moscow prosecutor Gena and two others.
While many attempts to mediate on behalf of Kocharyan were made, local law enforcement released him only after four days in custody and only after demanding various documents. According to our sources, Levon Kocharyan was arrested for disorderly conduct.” As it is known, a month after releasing this news, the Kocharyans sued our newspaper with a lot of fanfare. Unconquerable hero Sedrak personally took the claim, demanding that our newspaper pay damages in the amount of 16 million Drams to the court. All of the appeals during that judicial saga were rejected, and our ability to obtain evidence was restricted. As a result, the court, sustaining the Kocharyans’ claim partially, ordered HZH to pay 3.3 million Drams and to retract the aforementioned report, which we did in the issue of March 3 of “Haykakan Zhmanak” newspaper. In general, the claim by the Kocharyans in this respect was very peculiar, and we have touched upon that issue before.
What is more important was the Kocharyans stating in their claim that we had undermined the reputation of Robert Kocharyan, Armenia, and the Armenian people by publishing that news item. Let each of the readers judge for himself how much their statement corresponds to reality. But there is just one thing, which I cannot but mention. After publishing the Tanzanian photographs of the Kocharyans, “Haykakan Zhamanak” carried out a survey on its website. The respondents were asked to answer the following question: “Do the photographs which appeared on the internet of Robert Kocharyan and his son Sedrak Kocharyan with the killed animals undermine the international reputation of Armenia and the Armenian people.” Seventy-five percent of the 1629 respondents chose the answer: “Yes, they do.” As the well-known professor Khachikyan would say: "You and those like you discredit our Republic!"