Mongolia demands release of its official detained in UK

Today, in joint press conference of Press and Information Division of Mongolian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Office of Mongolian National Security Council held in Government house, Mongolian officials demanded release of a Mongolian official detained in UK on Sept 17.B.Khurts, head of the office of the National Security council and former special agent of Mongolian General Intelligence Agency was detained by British police at Heathrow airport when he was on trip to UK.

According to Mongolian media reports, Khurts is complicated in kidnapping of a Mongolian national from France in 2003. He and three other special agents kidnapped and brought the Mongolian national from France using diplomatic cover and Mongolian diplomatic missions in Germany and France. The person died later due to chronic liver disease in Mongolia. The person was suspected in murder of Zorigt Sanjaasuren, prominent Mongolian politician and then a government minister in 1998. The media claims Mongolian intelligence agency was given task to kidnap and bring Enkhbat from France by Mongolian Prime Minister.
B.Monkhoon, head of the Press and Information Division of Mongolian Ministry of Foreign Affairs admitted that “ it was illegal decision and action to kidnap and bring the person from Europe under diplomatic cover and violation of international laws and treaties.” .Three days after the arrest, Mongolian Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent official notice to UK Foreign Office demanding immediate release of the Mongolian official. Also Mongolian Minister of Home Affairs and Justice reminded the UK Home Minister o about diplomatic immunity of detained Mongolian official who was visiting UK for official business. Enkhbold Miegombo, deputy Prime Minister of Mongolia also sent official letter to Attorney General’s office of UK requesting immediate release of the official. Monkhoon said Mongolian government hired a British attorney seeking release of the official.
Mongolian media alleges France requested extradition of the detained Mongolian official from UK.

By Shagai, reporter of


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