The trial of the former President of Mongolia, N.Enkhbayar is ongoing on its second day
On July 31, 2012, the trial of the Head of the Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party (MPRP) N.Enkhbayar
had started at the Sukhbaatar District Court at 10:00 am as scheduled.
N.Enkhbayar is being convicted under the Criminal law article number 150.3, “Causing large amount of mischief to others”, and article number 163.2, “Acts of repeated or grouped nature, or abuse of power, and gain of a large amount of income”. The trial was headed by the Sukhbaatar District Court General Judge S.Soyombo-Erdene, with S.Oyunchimeg and M.Aldar acting as judges and Yo.Sagsai and O.Munkhbaatar acting as state prosecutors. This was a public open trial, where TV9 television transmitted the live coverage of the trial procedure
Former President N.Enkhbayar’s lawyer S.Narangerel had stated prior that there would be no issue of postponing the trial from the side of the lawyer as he was fully familiarized with the case files of the defendant. However, S.Narangerel delivered a claim requiring obligatory presence of witnesses, victims and analysts, where it was declined by the court.
At the beginning of the trial, the lawyer of the defendant S.Narangerel
had abnegated from the state prosecutor Yo.Sagsai. He addressed the judges’ panel, saying “When defendant N.Enkhbayar had not been held up guilty, Yo.Sagsai had repeatedly spoken through media outlets as if he was. I abnegate state prosecutor Yo.Sagsai as it seems as he is addressing this case from personal interests.” In reply Yo.Sagsai said, “This case has been running since 2011. I don’t have neither personal interest nor grudge in this case. I am participating only on the part of the state prosecutor.” The trial took a short break, where the judges’ panel discussed whether to abnegate Yo.Sagsai or not, and have decided to decline this request. After, lawyer S.Narangerel also requested to abnegate from the trial, leader General Judge S.Soyombo-Erdene on the grounds that he was addressing the case on personal interest too, which was declined by the panel as well.
The trial went on from 10:30 am until 10:00 o’clock in the evening, where it was to continue today (August 01, 2012) starting at 09:30 am. Today’s trial is being held behind closed doors under ensuring the security of the witnesses, victims and analysts. These witnesses and victims were not present at yesterday’s trial.