When Mongolia’s President visited the White House on Wednesday, he was accompanied by a large group including Attorney General B.Jargalsaikhan. It was first visit of a Mongolian President to the USA since 2011. Mongolian President Kh.Battulga, who was inaugurated in 2017, held a 40 minute face-to-face meeting with his American counterpart Donald Trump on Wednesday even though the meeting had been scheduled to finish within five minutes.
The Mongolian delegation included Mongolian Foreign Minister D.Tsogtbaatar, MPs D.Oyunkhorol and Z.Narantuya, Chief of Staff to the President Z.Enkhbold as well as A.Gansukh, presidential advisor on national security, G.Tegshjargal, presidential advisor on foreign policy and advisor D.Davgadorj, according to official source.
Not on the original delegation list was Attorney General B.Jargalsaikhan; a recent event explains why:
One day ago, Mongolia’s Independent Authority against Anti-Corruption (IAAC) reported that officials were working to return a former judge S.Tumurbat, who managed to escape with his family to the United States where he applied for asylum. S.Tumurbat is one of 17 judicial individuals who has been convicted a corruption case. According to sources, he was detained by US border officers carrying a very substantial sum in US dollars.
Evidently, corruption runs in the family: S.Tumurbat’s mother was the late judge L.Byambaa who was investigated by the anti-corruption body over an illegal financial arrangement with the Salkhit silver mine.