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Former Prime Minister’s advisor sentenced to prison on embezzlement charges

By M.ZOLJARGAL

Former Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag’s senior advisor L.Gansukh was sentenced to four years and six months in prison on Monday at an open trial that continued for five straight days.
The trial for three officials named in the case was originally scheduled at Prison No.461, but took place at the Central Criminal Court of Bayanzurkh, Sukhbaatar and Chinggeltei districts following a request by L.Gansukh and his lawyer, Ts.Baasandorj. The court agreed that the decision to hold the trial in prison was a violation of human rights when the suspect hasn’t been proven guilty.
The judges introduced their preliminary plan for sentencing at 11:00 a.m. on Monday. L.Gansukh was to be sentenced to five years in prison, Coal Project’s partner company’s financial accountant B.Munguntuya to seven years and five months in prison, and director of the company N.Davaakhuu to seven years in prison.
The lawyers of the suspects and the jury reported that they did not think the evidence presented was solid enough to prove the suspects’ guilt.
“The prosecutors couldn’t prove our clients’ guilt. We don’t have any information about how the Independent Authority Against Authority appointed the prosecutors in the case. They made up the claim that L.Gansukh and other suspects allegedly embezzled 3.6 billion MNT and had it approved by auditors bribing them. We are talking about life matters and billions of MNT. The prosecutors should be more professional and responsible,” said Ts.Baasandorj.
He added, “My client, L.Gansukh, didn’t embezzle any money from the Coal Project budget. The state provided a loan to the project and the project repaid it. There is no embezzlement involved in this case.”
B.Munguntuya spoke up after hearing the preliminary plan for sentencing, stating “The prosecutors have unveiled all the material they collected today, but they couldn’t prove that I embezzled money because the evidence was fake. I am very upset that I am being persecuted. I request that the court issue just decisions and acquit my name.”
The final decisions were announced at 9:53 p.m., and the court sentenced L.Gansukh to four years and six months in prison and placed a four-year ban from public service employment. B.Munguntuya and N.Davaakhuu are banned from working in public service for two years and were fined 19.2 million MNT on top of their prison terms.
Eagle and TV9 started the airing of a live broadcast the trial on Monday, covering the trial until its end.

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