Po­lice re­ferred a Mon­go­lian rank­ing judge to the pros­e­cu­tion, Fri­day, rec­om­mend­ing that he be in­dicted on charges of com­mit­ting an in­de­cent as­sault and vi­o­lat­ing the Avi­a­tion Se­cu­rity Act.

The Korea Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Kang Se­ung-woo [email protected]­re­atimes.co.kr

Po­lice re­ferred a Mon­go­lian rank­ing judge to the pros­e­cu­tion, Fri­day, rec­om­mend­ing that he be in­dicted on charges of com­mit­ting an in­de­cent as­sault and vi­o­lat­ing the Avi­a­tion Se­cu­rity Act.

Dorj Od­ba­yar, chair­man of Mon­go­lia’s Con­sti­tu­tional Court, faces al­le­ga­tions he sex­u­ally as­saulted a flight at­ten­dant on a Korean Air flight from Ulaan­baatar to In­cheon, Oct. 31.

The se­nior judge was first ques­tioned on Nov. 1 by the In­cheon In­ter­na­tional Air­port Po­lice be­fore he was re­leased. The In­cheon Metropoli­tan Po­lice Agency then took over the case and in­ter­ro­gated Od­ba­yar for nine hours on his re­turn to Korea on Wed­nes­day.

In his first ques­tion­ing, Od­ba­yar de­nied the al­le­ga­tions, say­ing he was mis­taken for an­other Mon­go­lian man who was sit­ting in the row be­hind him dur­ing the flight to Korea. But in the sec­ond ques­tion­ing, he said he could not re­mem­ber if he grabbed the cabin crew mem­ber’s but­tocks be­cause he was drunk, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

He planned to leave the coun­try Fri­day, but po­lice, with the co­op­er­a­tion of the pros­e­cu­tion and the jus­tice min­istry, de­cided to place a 10-day travel ban on Od­ba­yar to keep him avail­able for fur­ther ques­tion­ing, which means he can­not leave Korea un­til Nov. 15.

The al­leged sex­ual as­sault oc­curred when Od­ba­yar was on his way to Bali, In­done­sia, via In­cheon to at­tend an As­so­ci­a­tion of Asian Con­sti­tu­tional Courts and Equiv­a­lent In­sti­tu­tions meet­ing.

Trans­fer­ring to the Bali flight af­ter the ini­tial 90-minute ques­tion­ing on Nov. 1, he promised to re­turn to Korea be­fore the flight back to his home­land. On his ar­rival at In­cheon In­ter­na­tional Air­port Wed­nes­day morn­ing, he was taken to the po­lice agency for the sec­ond round of ques­tion­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, Od­ba­yar also threat­ened a Mon­go­lian at­ten­dant on the flight, who was help­ing in­ter­pret for him, say­ing he would re­tal­i­ate against her when he re­turned home. He ad­mit­ted this, po­lice said.

How­ever, the Mon­go­lian at­ten­dant does not want him pun­ished, so the case was re­ferred to pros­e­cu­tors with­out a rec­om­men­da­tion of in­dict­ment.

Mean­while, po­lice have asked In­ter­pol to is­sue a wanted no­tice for one of Od­ba­yar’s col­leagues, who is ac­cused of sex­u­ally ha­rass­ing an­other cabin crew mem­ber on the flight.

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