CORRECTED-Mongolia pardons American accused of tax evasion involving SouthGobi Resources

Wed Feb 25, 2015 11:20pm EST
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(Corrects president's name)

ULAN BATOR Feb 26 (Reuters) - Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj has pardoned an American who was jailed over allegations of tax evasion involving SouthGobi Resources Ltd, the U.S. Embassy in Ulan Bator said in a statement.

Justin Kapla had been released from jail and was free to return to the United States, the embassy said in an emailed statement, citing Kapla's lawyers.

(Reporting by Terrence Edwards; Writing by Sonali Paul; Editing by Nick Macfie)