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Environmental activist Ts.Munkhbayar receives 21.6 year sentence
January 22, 2014
Environmental activist, the head of the Gal Undesten movement, Ts.Munkhbayar, and six others have been sentenced by the primary criminal court at Detention Center 461 on Tuesday. The environmental activists were charged by the prosecutors for placing bombs in several places near Government House, opening fire against civil servants and attempting to threaten civilians.

The incident occurred on Monday, September 2013, when environmental activist and head of the Gal Undesten movement Ts.Munkhbayar and another 10 people coordinated protests outside Government House. While Parliament was discussing the amendment into the law the group initiated a bomb scare and fired a shot opposing the amendment of the law to ban mineral exploration and exploitation in river and forest basins.

The-two day long trial finally reached a decision last night and sentenced Ts.Munkhbayar, G.Boldbaatar, D.Tumurbaatar, and J.Ganbold each to a 21.6 year jail term and 2 years to M.Munkhbold. Two other suspects; O.Sambuuyondon and B.Gantulga`s were acquitted.

The coordinator of the United Movement of Mongolian Rivers and Lakes (UMMRL), Tserenkhand, commented; “Prosecutors have charged activists Ts.Munkhbayar and the others to a 22 year jail term. The Primary criminal court in Districts sentenced the accused to a 21.6 year jail term, reducing the time because of the time they served during the investigation. Four attorneys defended the eight suspects. We don`t agree with the court’s decision. So we will approach the court of appeals.”
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