Apress con­fer­ence was an­nounced on Wed­nes­day to re­port about the re­cent rape al­le­ga­tions by for­mer Min­ing Min­is­ter G.Gankhuyag’s daugh­ter G.Nomuundari. Lawyers O.Chu­lu­unchimeg and R.Bul­ga­maa gave state­ments on be­half of the 17-year-old who live broad­casted a video on Face­book on Novem­ber 30 last year, ac­cus­ing that young heirs of some con­glom­er­ates in Mon­go­lia and chil­dren of rep­utable fig­ures raped and drugged her on her 16th birthday in June 2016. The video went viral and caused public up­roar.

The First Po­lice Depart­ment of Khan-Uul District and Spe­cial Crimes Unit of the Gen­eral In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case, as re­ported dur­ing the press con­fer­ence.

“G.Nomuundari broad­casted a video about a child crime on Novem­ber 30 via her own so­cial me­dia ac­count. This was a very brave ac­tion that put her rep­u­ta­tion at stake. The things G.Nomuundari said are at­tract­ing public at­ten­tion. There even was a con­tro­versy about her san­ity. Psy­cho­log­i­cally, G.Nomuundari is healthy,” lawyer R.Bul­ga­maa stated.

She backed her state­ment with the fact that G.Nomuundari en­rolled into a univer­sity last Septem­ber by achiev­ing high marks in the gen­eral ed­u­ca­tion ex­am­i­na­tion for high school stu­dents.

“After the video, the girl un­der­went health check­ups. Her test re­sults proved that she doesn’t take any drugs. To pro­tect her le­gal rights, her fa­ther ap­proached the State Gen­eral Pros­e­cu­tor’s Of­fice last year. A le­gal team, led by (L.Gan­sukh’s lawyer) Ts.Baasan­dorj, is work­ing on the case.”

R.Bul­ga­maa com­plained that law en­force­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions are “too care­less” with the case when in­ves­ti­ga­tions haven’t fin­ished and crim­i­nal charges haven’t been de­cided. Due to this, the pros­e­cu­tor in charge is get­ting dis­tracted and var­i­ous bad ru­mors are start­ing, she re­ported.

G.Nomuundari’s lawyers raised con­cerns about the cred­i­bil­ity of state­ments pro­vided by wit­nesses, say­ing that the po­lice didn’t al­low lawyers to be present dur­ing wit­ness in­ter­ro­ga­tions.

“We have filed a com­plaint to the In­ter­nal Au­dit and Se­cu­rity Divi­sion of the Gen­eral Po­lice Depart­ment to hold ac­count­able the po­lice in­spec­tor in charge for vi­o­lat­ing the Crim­i­nal Pro­ce­dure Code be­cause he took wit­ness tes­ti­monies with­out the pres­ence of lawyers.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Crim­i­nal Pro­ce­dure Code, a de­fense coun­cil has the right to meet with the sus­pect, ac­cused, or de­fen­dant along from the mo­ment he or she is per­mit­ted to par­tic­i­pate in a case, be present at their in­ter­ro­ga­tion, and to put ques­tion.

Lawyer O.Chu­lu­unchimeg stated that in­ves­ti­ga­tors locked the door from the in­side while get­ting wit­ness state­ment from G.Nomuundari and al­legedly or­dered po­lice guards to lie that she wasn’t in the room. She added that the in­ves­ti­ga­tors switched their phones off and took state­ments in se­cret.

In re­gards to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion process, the lawyers stated, “As of now, sev­eral wit­nesses have been in­ter­ro­gated. The lawyers made re­quests to have these peo­ple ques­tioned as wit­nesses. The lawyers who made the re­quest be­come el­i­gi­ble to be present dur­ing wit­ness in­ter­ro­ga­tions. Dis­ap­point­ingly, we weren’t al­lowed to en­ter while some wit­nesses gave their tes­ti­monies. Wit­ness state­ments prove that two peo­ple com­mit­ted sex­ual as­sault. How­ever, the po­lice aren’t search­ing for them. It was de­ter­mined that they are not in Mon­go­lia.”

Ac­cord­ing to lawyers, the two rape sus­pects study abroad.

After the viral video, var­i­ous web­sites re­ported that G.Nomuundari was study­ing in Ja­pan. In re­gards to her where­abouts, her lawyers as­sured that she hasn’t left the coun­try. She re­port­edly grad­u­ated Sant High School last spring and en­rolled in the In­sti­tute of Fi­nance and Eco­nom­ics in Septem­ber last year. How­ever, G.Nomuundari has taken a year-long break from her school as she re­fused to at­tend her classes when she got an over­whelm­ing at­ten­tion from the public after post­ing her live broad­cast on Face­book, ac­cord­ing to her lawyers re­ported.

G.Nomuundari’s lawyer said she will give a state­ment at the First Po­lice Depart­ment of Khan-Uul District soon.

G.Nomuundari’s lawyers hold­ing press con­fer­ence on Wed­nes­day

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