Australian lawyer cleared in Mongolia corruption case – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

An Australian lawyer who has been barred from leaving Mongolia over corruption allegations is being allowed to return home.

Sarah Armstrong, the chief legal counsel for coal miner SouthGobi Resources, was detained in the capital Ulaanbaatar in October.

The 32-year-old has been prevented from leaving Mongolia while authorities investigate allegations of corruption against her employer, which is a subsidiary of Rio Tinto.

In a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange, where it is listed, SouthGobi Resources said Mongolia’s anti-corruption authority had ended its questioning of Ms Armstrong.

It said she has been cleared of involvement in the corruption case and will soon be able to leave Mongolia.

The corruption case is centred on the former chief of Mongolia’s mining authority.

Officials wanted to question Ms Armstrong as a witness to alleged corruption and money-laundering, although details of the case have remained sketchy.

Foreign Minister Bob Carr says he is pleased by the decision to lift the travel ban.

He says he raised Ms Armstrong’s case with Mongolia’s foreign minister last month and says this is great news for Ms Armstrong and her family.


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