Minn. businessman banned from leaving Mongolia

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An American businessman who says he is being prevented from leaving Mongolia is asking for help from the congressional delegation in his home state of Minnesota.

Justin Kapla is president of SouthGobi Sands, a mining company. He told delegation members he has been deemed a witness in an investigation of government officials into the transfer of some of his company's minerals exploration licenses. He says the events in question happened well before he went to work for the company.

His father William Kapla of Forest Lake, says his son is free to move around Mongolia but can't leave.

The U.S. State Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Mongolia's anti-corruption authority declined public comment on Kapla or when the exit controls might be lifted.

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