Germany releases Mongolian spy master wanted for abduction, torture

Bat Khurts

Bat Khurts

By JOSEPH FITSANAKIS | intelNews.org |
On May 15, 2003, Mongolian refugee and political-asylum seeker Enkhbat Damiran was kidnapped outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Le Havre, France. According to Amnesty International, Damiran was apprehended by a team of officers of the General Intelligence Agency of Mongolia (GIAM), who kicked him, drugged him and beat him with electric batons, before ushering him to the Mongolian embassy. From there, Damiran was illegally smuggled into Germany, where he stayed for a few days, before being transported to Mongolia, through Belgium. Once back in his homeland, Damiran effectively ‘disappeared’ in the custody of GIAM, where he was allegedly subjected to systematic torture by his captors. The latter believe him to be connected with the 1998 assassination of Zorig Sanjaasürengiin, Mongolia’s former Minister of Infrastructure. Following complaints about the abduction from the European Union, the Mongolian government apologized to the governments of France, Germany and Belgium. But Damiran’s abduction has continued to be at the root of a diplomatic rift between Europe and Mongolia, which has widened in recent years. Things became even more heated in September 2010, when British intelligence, acting on a Europe-wide arrest warrant, captured Bat Khurts, former Director of GIAM, who is believed to be responsible for Damiran’s abduction and torture. Khurts was arrested in London, after being lured there in a carefully planned and executed intelligence operation. This past July, the British government decided to extradite Khurts to Germany, where was scheduled to be tried on abduction charges on October 24. So it was a bit of a surprise to say the least, when, yesterday, the Mongolian former spymaster was unexpectedly released by German authorities, after having all charges against him dropped. Intriguingly, Khurts’ release came ahead of a scheduled visit to Mongolia by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The German government insisted yesterday that there was no connection between Khurts’ surprise release and Mrs Merkel’s planned visit to Ulaanbaatar, while Mongolian officials said simply they were “grateful” for the decision. British broadsheet The Independent, which reported Khurts’ unexpected release, noted that Mongolia, which boasts “huge mineral reserves”, is considered “an increasingly important political and economic ally by Western powers”.

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2 Responses to Germany releases Mongolian spy master wanted for abduction, torture

  1. Anonymous says:

    snicker snicker

  2. Chinghiss Khan says:

    I am a European, living in Mongolia and I am appalled by British and German actions to lure Bat Khurts to Europe and arrest him, while the US CIA has secret prisons all over Europe, kidnaps European citizens all the time and many European Governments comply with such illegal, unconstitutional actions. When a small country like Mongolia arrests one of their OWN citizens with good reason, they retaliate by arresting Bat Khurts who was traveling on DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY.

    Read more on CIA’s Extraordinary Rendition and Detention Program – countries involved in the Program, according to the 2013 Open Society Foundation’s report on tortures: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_site

    In military terminology, a black site is a location at which an unacknowledged black project is conducted. Recently, the term has gained notoriety in describing secret prisons operated by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), generally outside of U.S. territory and legal jurisdiction.[citation needed] It can refer to the facilities that are controlled by the CIA used by the U.S. government in its “War on Terror” to detain alleged unlawful enemy combatants.

    U.S. President George W. Bush acknowledged the existence of secret prisons operated by the CIA during a speech on September 6, 2006. A claim that the black sites existed was made by The Washington Post in November 2005 and before this by human rights NGOs.

    Many European countries have officially denied they are hosting black sites to imprison suspects or cooperating in the U.S. extraordinary rendition program. Not one country has confirmed that it is hosting black sites. However, a European Union report adopted on February 14, 2007, by a majority of the European Parliament (382 MEPs voting in favour, 256 against and 74 abstaining) stated the CIA operated 1,245 flights and that it was not possible to contradict evidence or suggestions that secret detention centres were operated in Poland and Romania.

    In January 2012, Poland’s Prosecutor General’s office initiated investigative proceedings against Zbigniew Siemiątkowski, the former Polish intelligence chief. Siemiątkowski is charged with facilitating the alleged CIA detention operation in Poland, where foreign suspects may have been tortured in the context of the War on Terror. The possible involvement of Leszek Miller, Poland’s Prime Minister in 2001-2004, is also considered.

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