Mohammed Ibrahim “Mo” Munshi, a British-Australian dual citizen serving an 11-year sentence for fraud has appealed to the UN Human Rights Council citing an unfair trial, reported the Guardian.
Mo Munshi was sentenced to 11 years and ordered to pay 31 billion MNT to Monnis International over a coal deal, but lawyers of Munshi say that there is no evidence of a crime.
The main case against Munshi was the deal that Gobi Coal and Energy, which he was a chairman of, struck with Monnis International, a company owned by Chuluunbataar Baz. Family and lawyers of Munshi say that he is the “latest victim of foreign investors being placed on travel ban or jailed”, while local partners seek to seize assets or alter agreements.
Monnis International has said that Munshi committed fraud under the false pretenses that Gobi Coal and Energy would launch an IPO and that investors would own a stake in mine licenses.
Munshi and his lawyers say that when the global coal price collapsed in 2012, a proposed IPO was postponed until global prices recovered. Other investors acceded to ride out the price dip, but Chuluunbaatar Baz reportedly demanded his money back. Attempts at arbitration failed and a travel ban was imposed on Munshi when he visited in 2015 and his passports were confiscated.
The trial that took place in July 2017 concluded that Mohammed Ibrahim Munshi had attracted investment from large investors into mines that had not been built and had transferred the money into offshore bank accounts in the British Virgin Islands.
Among investors that Munshi was able to attract, the 1Malaysia Development Berhad, a Malaysian government-run strategic development company was one of the more prominent companies. However, the 1MDB has turned into its own scandal with current Malay Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak accused of channeling nearly 700 million USD into his own personal accounts. During the height of the scandal, Razak alleged that money from the development company was invested in “Gobi Coal & Energy Ltd, an energy company based in Mongolia. The investment was made jointly with international investors, with each owning 50 percent.”
Munshi reportedly has varicose veins in his legs that doctors advise require immediate surgery. He is also unable to access medication to improve the condition and so is at the risk of deep vein thrombosis and potentially fatal blood clots.
The complaint sent to the UN Human Rights Council alleges there were gross irregularities during his trial.
“There was no prima facie case presented against Munshi at his trial, and the prosecutor even obtained a summary of the prosecution case from Baz’s attorney during the trial and presented it as the prosecution case,” the complaint says.