PROSECUTORS ARREST JOURNALIST ON CHARGES OF EXTORTION

Armenpress

YEREVAN, JUNE 1, ARMENPRESS: Armenian prosecutors opened a criminal
case against a journalist on charges of extortion. Tereza Asatrian,
a journalist who worked for several Armenian editions with her last
job at the Union of Writer's press office is incriminated in forcing
a notary officer in Vanadzor to part with $3,000 in return for not
publishing a newspaper article which she claimed was based on materials
against her collected by the National Security Service. Avetisian
also promised that no criminal proceedings would be opened against
the notary officer. Prosecutors accused Tereza Asatrian also of an
attempt to steal $3,500 from the notary officer. The prosecutor's
office said an investigation into the case is underway.