After a three-day trial, Enkhbayar was found guilty of charges that included the illegal privatisation of a hotel and newspapers and the misuse of donated television equipment to broadcast from his own television station.
Enkhbayar accused state prosecutors of twisting facts and said the corruption charges were politically driven. “I’m not afraid of anyone. I will fight for justice and a new Mongolia,” he said.
His wife, Onon Tsolmon, blamed Mongolia’s current President Tsakhia Elbegdorj and vowed to fight “the injustice” by all means.
Enkhbayar was president from 2005 to 2009, before narrowly losing to President Elbegdorj in the 2009 presidential election. He was arrested in April by the country’s anti-corruption authority.