2 law­mak­ers’ ac­cused of sex­ual as­sault

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D.Gan­tulga, who was the youngest law­maker in Par­lia­ment af­ter the 2016 par­lia­men­tary elec­tions, was ac­cused of rap­ing a 25-year-old woman at her home in 2017 and law­maker D.Mu­rat, who was elected from Bayan-Ul­gii, was ac­cused of send­ing sex­u­ally ex­plicit mes­sages and pho­tos to a woman last year, caus­ing the pub­lic to lose trust and re­spect for Par­lia­ment.

In Au­gust, the Gen­eral Pros­e­cu­tors’ Of­fice de­liv­ered a let­ter of re­quest the sus­pen­sion of D.Gan­tulga’s im­mu­nity as a law­maker to Par­lia­ment, and Par­lia­ment’s Im­mu­nity Sub­com­mit­tee made up of five law­mak­ers, who were elected five times in the leg­is­la­ture, failed to reach a fi­nal de­ci­sion on the mat­ter.

Head of the Im­mu­nity Sub­com­mit­tee Ts.Nyam­dorj said that the sub­com­mit­tee reached a stale­mate over the de­ci­sion re­gard­ing D.Gan­tulga’s im­mu­nity due to a loop­hole of the Act of Par­lia­ment, and be­cause of that, Par­lia­ment had to en­ter into a lengthy process of amend­ing the act.

As strong pub­lic crit­i­cisms over the two law­mak­ers’ sex­ual abuse scan­dal heated up, the Gen­eral Pros­e­cu­tor’s Of­fice put for­ward a re­quest to re­voke the two law­mak­ers’ im­mu­ni­ties to ac­cel­er­ate in­ves­ti­ga­tion of their cases to Par­lia­ment in June.

In re­sponse to the Gen­eral Pros­e­cu­tor’s Of­fice’s re­quest, the Im­mu­nity Sub­com­mit­tee’s five mem­bers unan­i­mously agreed to re­voke the im­mu­ni­ties of D.Gan­tulga and D.Mu­rat, but the ma­jor­ity of law­mak­ers voted against the pro­posal to re­voke the two leg­is­la­tors’ im­mu­ni­ties.

Fol­low­ing Par­lia­ment’s re­jec­tion over the pros­e­cu­tor’s pro­posal to re­voke the im­mu­ni­ties of two law­mak­ers, the pub­lic frus­tra­tion es­ca­lated. To ad­dress the is­sue, D.Gan­tulga re­signed vol­un­tar­ily.

Af­ter the res­ig­na­tion of D.Gan­tulga, who was elected to Par­lia­ment from Khen­tii Prov­ince, the Gen­eral Elec­tion Com­mit­tee con­ducted ac­tiv­i­ties to hold a spe­cial elec­tion in Khen­tii Prov­ince un­der the Law on Elec­tions, and Par­lia­ment made a de­ci­sion to hold the spe­cial elec­tion in Oc­to­ber, through its Res­o­lu­tion No. 62.

Fol­low­ing the par­lia­men­tary de­ci­sion, three lawyers filed a com­plaint about the res­o­lu­tion to the Con­sti­tu­tional Court that hold­ing a spe­cial elec­tion on Oc­to­ber would vi­o­late the Con­sti­tu­tion. In re­sponse to the com­plaint, the Con­sti­tu­tional Court ruled that Res­o­lu­tion No. 62 vi­o­lated sev­eral sec­tions of the Con­sti­tu­tion, and the Oc­to­ber spe­cial elec­tion was can­celled.

On De­cem­ber 25, Par­lia­ment’s State Struc­ture Stand­ing Com­mit­tee re­viewed the pro­posal to amend the Law on Elec­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to the cur­rent law on elec­tions, the Khen­tii spe­cial elec­tion can be held in June next year, but law­mak­ers started con­duct­ing the first re­view for the amend­ments to the Law on Elec­tions, which means that it is not clear when the spe­cial elec­tion will be held.


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