Department Store Employees File Claim to Protect Rights

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Yerevan’s Shengavit borough court continued Wednesday considering the claim filed jointly by the employees of the Shengavit department store and Prosecutor’s Office of Armenia against the Mush-3 company–Department of Trade of Yerevan and Inventory and Privatization Department–and the Armenian Government.

The plaintiffs demand that the decision of privatizing the department store and the agreement on the lease and privatization concluded with the "Mush-3" company be invalidated and the department store be reinstated in its former legal status. According to the plaintiffs–all the afore-mentioned documen’s should be invalidated as some of them–including the protocol on a meeting of employees–were forged. It should also be noted that the department store belongs to a Syrian citizen–Buzand Keyvanian–who bought it from the Mush-3 company.

At the court sitting Wednesday–a representative of the Inventory and Privatization Department stated that at one time all the documen’s necessary for the privatization of the department store were presented and if some of them were forged it is the court’s problem.

Keyvanian’s representative–Norair Amatuni said that Keyvanian does not object to the plaintiffs’ demand provided that he gets back all the money he spent on the purchase and repair of the department store.

The plaintiffs presented a petition that the court summon and hear the former minister of industry and trade. There were no objections to the suggestion. Judge Ishkhan Barseghian accepted the petition and adjourned the hearing until August 23.

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