Questionnaire on Tyrannosaurus Bataar was delivered to the Minister for Justice of Mongolia
Member of the Parliament Ts.Oyungerel delivered a questionnaire on "Tyrannosaurus Bataar
" to the Minister for Justice and Home Affairs of Mongolia Ts.Nyamdorj on August 06, 2012. On her questionnaire Ts.Oyungerel briefly mentioned about what had happened.
“Upon the request placed by the President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj, the USA authorities had intervened the auctions for the fossilized skeleton of Tyrannosaurus Bataar that had been proven to be of Mongolian origins
. The skeleton had been a subject of the May 20, 2012 auction by Heritage Auctions in New York City. The whole auctioning process was seriously breaching Mongolian legislations on cultural heritage and the criminal code of Mongolia. The US citizen Eric Prokopi was believed that he imported the skeleton of Tarbosaurus Bataar from England as a ‘skeleton of lizard'. Lawyer Robert Painter mentioned that Eric Prokopi had previously been involved in a smuggling case”, says Ts.Oyungerel before handing her questionnaire. According to customs documents, the fossils were shipped to Eric Prokopi in 2010 from Chris Moore of Forge Fossils in England. Chris Moore would have split the proceeds of the sale with Eric Prokopi, according to a consignment contract with Heritage Auctions.
In the questionnaire:
One, if Mongolia started any joint investigation procedures in determining the suspicions of the case in cooperation with legal organization officials of Japan which is believed to be where the first sale took place and with the UK officials where the fossils had been temporarily kept before being shipped to the USA, what kind of measures are being taken in partnership with the complied organizations of above countries;
Two, have to find when, how and on what purpose the US citizen Eric Prokopi and the citizen the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Chris Moore who were accused of smuggling the fossils had entered into Mongolia, if entered how many times and how long they had stayed in Mongolia;
Three, need to give a clearance on whether the investigation on how the skeleton made its way from Mongolia's Gobi desert to a US Auction House had started or not, if investigations had started, need to inform about the procedures and progress of it;
Four, need to provide with precise information on what kind of measures shall Mongolia take in order to intervene such international crimes, on works and actions planned to be carried out, more specifically works to be done within the frames of reforming the legislations.
Afterwards, Parliament member Ts.Oyungerel asked for the Minister for Justice and Home Affairs Ts.Nyamdorj to deliver written answers to the above questions within 14 days under the Article 33 of the Parliament Law and to read the answers at the meeting of the Standing Committee on Legal Affairs.