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Relatives Allowed To Meet Kazakh Border Guard Charged With Mass Killing

  • RFE/RL's Kazakh Service

QARAGHANDY, Kazakhstan – Relatives of the Kazakh border guard who has been charged with killing 14 of his colleagues and a forest ranger at a remote outpost say they have been given official permission to meet with the 19-year-old suspect.

It was announced that the government has agreed to cover travel expenses for the relatives of the suspect, Private Vladislav Chelakh, to travel from their home in central Qaraghandy to the southeastern Almaty region to meet with Chelakh.

On June 7, Kazakh officials said Chelakh had confessed to last week's mass killing at the outpost along the Kazakh-Chinese border.

Investigators say most of the victims were shot to death and their outpost was burned down.

Chelakh’s relatives say they believe he is innocent and must have been forced to confess.
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