IAAC releases December report
The Independent Authority Against Corruption (IAAC) held a press conference about its December report on December 25.
At the beginning of the press conference, Head of IAAC’s Prevention and Enlightenment Department T.Bayarkhuu stated that IAAC delivered some recommendations about changing decrees, orders and some other administrative acts to government offices of Bulgan, Selenge, Sukhbaatar, Dornod, DarkhanUul and Khentii provinces to prevent risks of corruption and bribery.
He noted that IAAC reviewed the spending of government reserve funds for mayors of some provinces, but discovered that reserve funds for heads of local councils of Orkhon, Uvurkhangai, Umnugovi and Dornogovi provinces were created, which might lead to corruption, fund misappropriation, and will not ensure a mayor’s responsibility outlined in the Law on Administrative and Territorial Units and Their Governance.
IAAC detected bid rigging in public tenders, for instance, some government officials engaged bid rigging procurement process for assets by creating more opportunities to their spouses’ companies.
T.Bayarkhuu stated that the agency conducted several workshops about preventing corruption and bribery for newly-appointed civil servants throughout this month.
The agency received large numbers of complaints from the public over operations and bureaucracy of the ministries of energy, and mining and heavy industry, and governments offices of Dundgovi and Bayan-Ulgii provinces.
Senior official of IAAC’s Investigation Department Ch.Jargalbaatar stated that the agency is investigating a rumor that former Prosecutor General D.Dorligjav received a four million USD bribe from a man named T.Ganbold, but the agency put the investigation on hold because T.Ganbold, who needs to give a testimony to the agency, is not in Mongolia.
Ch.Jargalbaatar noted that the agency asked the Prosecutor’s Office of the Capital to revoke three lawmakers’ immunities, and the Prosecutor’s Office is reviewing the request.
IAAC’s official did not specify about the alleged crimes the three lawmakers are involved in, but there are rumors the three lawmakers engaged in crimes related to money laundering and corruption.