Former Mongolian president Nambaryn Enkhbayar, found guilty in August 2012 of graft and sentenced to four years in prison, was pardoned by the man who unseated him in a 2009 election.
Enkhbayar, 55, was released yesterday by a decree from current president Tsakhia Elbegdorj. The statement announcing the decision posted to the website of the president’s office didn’t give a reason for the pardon.
The former president, who also previously served as prime minister and parliamentary speaker, was the most high profile politician prosecuted in a corruption crackdown that Elbegdorj began after taking office. Throughout his trial and time in prison, Enkhbayar remained head of the Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party. He also maintained his innocence and argued the verdict against him was politically motivated.