Three former PMs are imprisoned

Translator E.Oyun-Erdene GoGo.mn

2020-07-28 10:31 GMT+8

The 25th Prime Minister of Mongolia Bayar Sanj was sentenced to five years in prison yesterday. He was accused of misusing his position of PM as concluding agreement with Petrovis Trading LLC and Ivanhoe Mines Mongolia Inc, joint stock companies of his friend Ch.Davaanyam, on September 1, 2009 to supply fuel and lubricants until end of 2013. During the valid period of the agreement, Sanj Bayar gave opportunity to Petrovis Trading LLC to earn income of MNT 418 billion 385 million 173 thousand 982. 

Therefore, 418.3 billion MNT was confiscated for illegal earnings. His friend Ch. Davaanyam was sentenced to two years in prison and his four illegally purchased apartments in the United States worth MNT 5 billion 766 million 440 thousand were confiscated and turned into
State revenue.

S.Bayar became the fourth Prime Minister of Mongolia who was sentenced since 30 years of democracy in Mongolia. Today, three former Prime Ministers of Mongolia are serving their sentences in prison, while former Prime Minister N.Enkhbayar has been released from prison.

On July 6, just before the Naadam national holiday, the 29th Prime Minister Erdenebat Jargaltulga, was sentenced to six years in prison. He was detained during the election campaign, ran for parliament from prison, and was elected a member of parliament.

J.Erdenebat, who ran in the 13th constituency of Selenge province and received the highest number of votes or 22,635 votes. And he was accused of misusing his authority by giving advantage to others. His accomplice, B.Otgonbaatar, was found guilty of abuse of power, organizing,
and suspended from public office for six years and sentenced to six years in prison.

D. Tuvshinjargal was found guilty of complicity in the abuse of power and position as an accomplice, suspended from public office for 5 years and sentenced to 5 years in prison. And Ganbat was also convicted and sentenced to three years in prison, with a five-year
suspension from public office.

Enkhsaikhan Mendsaikhan is the third PM who is imprisoned. He is the 18th Prime Minister of Mongolia who was convicted of causing MNT 55 million in damage to the Ministry of Energy. He was sentenced for four years and six months in prison, and suspended from public office
for four years.

Today, three former Prime Ministers of Mongolia are in prison. However most cases of misusing position and corruption are relevant to high officials of the State, lower officials are sentenced which the public always criticize about. Currently, three high officials
were sentenced and are in prison.

In addition, former parliament member and the former Minister of Finance S.Bayartsogt, and former parliament member and the former Minister of Labor and Social Welfare N.Nomtoibayar, and General B.Khurts, former Director General of the General Intelligence Agency,
was sentenced. The scandalous cases of the high officials, which have been discussed and postponed for several years, have been resolved and convicted before and after the parliamentary elections. Some people see it as a political order and repression, and
some believe it is natural that those who have unjustifiably enriched should be punished if they harm the country. 

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