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Kazakh Court Sentences Almaty Gunman To Death

  • RFE/RL's Kazakh Service

A Kazakh court has sentenced a man to death on terrorism charges.

The court in Kazakhstan's largest city of Almaty found Ruslan Kulekbaev, 26, guilty of murder, attempted murder, and terrorism on November 2.

Five other defendants were sentenced to prison terms of between three and 10 1/2 years.

Kulekbaev was arrested in July after he opened fire at the offices of the Almaty police department and National Security Committee, killing six people, including a retired police officer, a border-guard officer, and four police officers.

Three more police officers wounded in the attacks later died in the hospital.

Authorities have said Kulekbaev had been exposed to radical Islam during previous stints in prison for armed robbery and other crimes.

President Nursultan Nazarbaev introduced a moratorium on capital punishment in 2003 and the death penalty was officially abolished in 2007, but the country's constitution makes an exception in cases of terrorist acts.

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