Mongolian President Urges Global Support For Anti- Corruption Efforts

Mongolian President Urges Global Support For Anti- Corruption Efforts

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Mongolian President Urges Global Support For Anti- Corruption Efforts PR Newswire ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia, June 8, 2012 - Trial of former president helps move democracy forward with transparency and rule of law ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia, June 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- From the Office of the President of Mongolia: Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj today called on the United Nations, European Union, United States and its other global allies to support Mongolia's efforts to clamp down on public corruption. Earlier this spring, following widespread public reports of misdeeds, Mongolia's Independent Authority Against Corruption (IAAC) called for the arrest of former Mongolian president Nambaryn Enkhbayar after the former official refused to receive subpoenas which detailed numerous corruption-related violations of the Mongolian Criminal Code. Since the IAAC's first subpoenas were issued to Mr. Enkhbayar over one year ago, in May of 2011, the IAAC initiated 27 separate investigations, ranging from embezzlement to extortion and bribery; of these ongoing investigations, the IAAC has initially charged Mr. Enkhbayar with five offenses. President Elbegdorj urges the country's democratic allies to recognize the need for due process of law in Mongolia while an open judicial process moves forward on the charges. Since his April 13th arrest, Mr. Enkhbayar has had unfettered access to legal counsel as well as both domestic and international news media.

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Mongolian President Urges Global Support For
Anti- Corruption Efforts
PR Newswire
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia, June 8, 2012
- Trial of former president helps move democracy forward with
transparency and rule of law
ULAANBAATAR,
Mongolia
,
June 8, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- From the Office of the
President of
Mongolia
: Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj today called on
the United Nations, European Union,
United States
and its other global allies to
support
Mongolia
's efforts to clamp down on public corruption. Earlier this
spring, following widespread public reports of misdeeds,
Mongolia
's
Independent Authority Against Corruption (IAAC) called for the arrest of former
Mongolian president Nambaryn Enkhbayar after the former official refused to
receive subpoenas which detailed numerous corruption-related violations of the
Mongolian Criminal Code.
Since the IAAC's first subpoenas were issued to Mr. Enkhbayar over one year
ago, in May of 2011, the IAAC initiated 27 separate investigations, ranging from
embezzlement to extortion and bribery; of these ongoing investigations, the
IAAC has initially charged Mr. Enkhbayar with five offenses. President Elbegdorj
urges the country's democratic allies to recognize the need for due process of
law in
Mongolia
while an open judicial process moves forward on the charges.
Since his
April 13th
arrest, Mr. Enkhbayar has had unfettered access to legal
counsel as well as both domestic and international news media. He has been
treated with respect and accorded his full human rights and protections
afforded to any criminal defendant under
Mongolia
's Constitution. Now out on
bail, Mr. Enkhbayar's trial is set to begin on
June 12
.
The independent General Election Commission of
Mongolia
(GEC) ruled on
June
6
, after an 8-1 vote, that Mr. Enkhbayar was ineligible to run for a seat in
Parliament due to the pending criminal allegations against him. The GEC is an
autonomous body with a head appointed and members approved by the
Parliament.
Much of the international coverage of this case has been wildly inaccurate,
distorted by a sophisticated public relations campaign on Mr. Enkhbayar's
behalf. In fact, Mr. Enkhbayar has been treated with great respect and personal
dignity. To counter erroneous reporting of the facts relating to the
investigation, arrest, and charges against him by Mr. Enkhbayar and his
supporters, Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj today issued the following
statement:
"My first decree as the President of
Mongolia
was to call for promoting and
enhancing civic education to affirm democracy, freedom and human rights as
fundamental values of the Mongolian people. I have also acted to effectively
end
Mongolia
's use of the death penalty, and late last year our government was
recognized by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for our civil rights
commitments. This spring marked the 25th anniversary of open Mongolia-U.S.
relations and a shared belief in a commitment to the rule of law, governing
transparency, and the sanctity of human rights. As with the support that our
American allies have provided
Mongolia
in deepening the roots of democracy, it
is our hope that the U.S. as well as our European allies will acknowledge and
support
Mongolia
's work to end the scourge of corruption that otherwise will
hinder the progress of our democratic system."
"
Mongolia
's growth into a mature democracy requires continued work to
eliminate the scourge of corruption that plagues too many of the world's
developing countries. Mr. Enkhbayar's case is one of nearly 20 high profile
corruption cases. Freedom and corruption cannot co-exist together. And
freedom, human rights, rule of law are non-negotiable, as is the fight against
corruption. The law should apply equally with no preferential treatment for
anyone. It is a core principle of democracy that no one is above the law, and
that includes everyone from high government officials to ordinary citizens," said
President Elgebdorj.
"I urge citizens of democratic nations around the world to follow the trial
carefully, consider the facts as they are presented, and avoid rushing to
judgment until the evidence against Mr. Enkhbayar has been publicly laid out in
a court of law. As Mongolia continues her progression into a modern,
democratic society, we will need the support of our allies and the democratic
world. It is crucial that
Mongolia
's allies pay close attention to the facts revealed
during the trial of Mr. Enkhbayar."
"On
June 28
, Mongolians throughout the country will exercise their democratic
rights to cast their ballots for their choice to represent them in parliament. We
invite the world to witness our unyielding commitment to democracy, human
rights, and the rule of law by coming to
Mongolia
to enjoy unrestricted access
to observe our electoral process."
"Whether Mongolia shall prevail as a free, open beacon of human rights, or
whether she shall fall into injustice and corruption is an issue of pivotal
significance at this juncture of
Mongolia
's development," concluded President
Elbegdorj.
Mongolia
's anti-corruption entity, the Independent Authority Against Corruption
(IAAC), was established in 2006 during the presidency of Mr. Enkhbayar, and is
headed by a former police officer. Today, the IAAC stands to ensure
transparency and accountability in government, and advance the goals of the
U.N. Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). The Authority has a chairman and
deputy appointed by the Parliament, which is controlled by the Mongolian
People's Party (MPP), which Mr. Enkhbayar previously led.