Mongolia security chief freed in Germany: report

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A top Mongolian security official extradited from Britain to Germany on suspicion of kidnapping a crime suspect has been freed from custody and may already have left the country, a German daily said Saturday.

Quoting his lawyers, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung said Bat Khurts, 42, a key figure in Mongolia's National Security Council, was freed a week ago after prosecutors lifted a custody order.

He was accused of kidnapping a Mongolian murder suspect and abducting him from Germany in May 2003.

Khurts was detained on a European arrest warrant issued by Germany when he flew into London on September 17 last year for meetings with British security officials.

He was ordered extradited to Germany by a British court in July, sparking anger in Ulan Bator, which accused Britain of luring Khurts to London to arrest him.

The arrest warrant issued by Germany alleged Khurts and three other members of the Mongolian secret service kidnapped and drugged Mongolian refugee Damiran Enkhbat in France in May 2003.

It claimed that Khurts drove a car carrying Enkhbat, wanted for the assassination of a Mongolian minister in 1998, to Brussels and then to the Mongolian consulate in Berlin, from where he was flown out to Ulan Bator.

Enkhbat was imprisoned until 2006 in Mongolia and died five days after his release from jail. His family blamed ill-treatment in prison.


© 2011 AFP

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  • USA MGL posted:

    on 30th September 2011, 18:34:22 - Reply

    is REAL SHAME that Germany traded him for something. It seems there is no JUstice, even in Germany. It seems, Mongolia and Germany are in same page in terms of corruption. Shame.

  • This comment is in mongolian posted:

    on 25th September 2011, 06:33:04 - Reply

    Анжэла Мэркэл хэд хоногийн дараа ирнэ.
    Ирэхэд нь маргаантай асуудал байж болохгүй биз дээ? (хэлцэх асуудлууд урьдчилан ...)
    Танай хүнийг суллана, тэгээд дараагийн тохиролцоондоо хүрье? гэсэн байх тийм үү? (тохиролцох юу байдаг билээ, бидэнд? ... ашигт малтмал..?? ..дэд бүтэц? ...өөр?)
    Тэнд нэг Хурц гэдэг хүнийг суллуулах нь тийм чухал уу?
    Жирийн иргэн байсан бол тэгэх байсан уу? (үгүй ш дээ)
    Хурцын асуудалтай манайд холбогдох хэрэг нь юу билээ?!
    Зоригийн хэрэг. Тэнд нь байлгаад байвал Зоригийн хэргийн сэжүүрээс цухуйж эхэлнэ. (Зоригийн хэргийг шалгуулахын тулд Европын холбоонд Оюун хандаж байсныг санаж байгаа байх?)
    Тэгэхээр энд нөгөө Зоригийн хэргийг зохион байгуулагчид хэцүү байдалд орно.
    Ямар ч үнээр хамаагүй Хурцыг нутагт нь авчруул!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!