Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is alarmed by reports of the continuing
detention of Ulaanbaatar Times editor-in-chief Chuluunbaatar Dolgor, who has been in custody since his arrest
on March 24.
Chuluunbaatar, 51, was arrested on
charges of “illegal privatisation and serious damage of public property” for
his alleged involvement in the privatisation of the newspaper and its offices
At the time Chuluunbaatar headed the
newspaper’s management privatisation team involved in the privatisation process
being conducted by the Capital City Privatisation Commission. He was appointed
as editor-in-chief in 2008 at a time when the newspaper was in a dire financial
situation and its offices had been partly destroyed.
Mongolian media reported in 2008 that
the building had been privatised by former President Enkhbayar Nambar.
Enkhbayar was later defeated at Mongolia’s
May 24, 2009 presidential election. The Ulaanbaatar Times offices had formerly housed the
Mongolian Government’s printing facility.
Chuluunbaatar, who is also Secretary
General of IFJ affiliate the Confederation of Mongolian Journalists, faces up
to 15 years in prison if found guilty. The journalist denies any wrongdoing in
the case, and claims to have been asked by investigators on several occasions
to reveal “who is behind” his actions.
Meidcal staff at the Detention Centre
No. 461 where Chuluunbaatar is detained confirmed on April 27 the prognosis that
he has serious health problems requiring urgent treatment to safeguard his life
made by Shagdarsuren private hospital on April 2. The journalist has been
denied bail on nine separate occasions.
“The IFJ is alarmed by the refusal
to grant Chuluunbaatar bail, despite the seriousness of the concerns for his
health,” IFJ Asia-Pacific Director
Jacqueline Park said.
“We call for his immediate release
from detention and full transparency in the case being brought against him.”
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