Assistant director of Milano boutique received asylum in USA

Hovhannes Ghukasyan, the owner of Milano, one of the oldest and most expensive boutiques in Yerevan, starts his days with new surprises.

According to a court decision, the territory of the boutique located at 4 Abovyan Street was declared a zone of prevailing public interest in 2010. And now the new owner of the area, Diaspora-Armenian Avedis Karagulian, has filed a lawsuit against the ex-owner claiming that Ghukasyan has tax liabilities for the property.

“If the court approves that there are tax liabilities in connection with the sale of property, in that case the entire money will be paid to the state in the form of taxes,” Tigran Hayrapetyan, member of the Olymp Company representing the interests of Hovhannes Ghukasyan, told A1+.

Ghukasyan was evicted from the area not only as owner of “Olymp” LTD but also as a physical person from his own house. Despite the eviction, Ghukasyan has not yet received compensation from the new owner of the area. Karagulian had offered Ghukasyan over 200 million dram compensation only for the first floor (125 square meters) of the building. The store has three floors, not considering the roof and the basement. Ghukasyan has received only the offered 200 million drams and demands full compensation for the area.

Tigran Hayrapetyan added that Ghukasyan’s daughter Nelly Ghukasyan, who is also the assistant director of the trade hall, has received asylum in the USA.

“After studying the case material courts in the US found that the verdict in the Milano case was unfair and granted asylum to Nelly Ghukasyan,” said the lawyer.