Border guard accused of mass murder in Kazakhstan not to participate in court sessions
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 21 / Trend E. Kosolapova/
Border guard Vladislav Chelakh, accused of mass murder at Kazakh Arkankergen border post in May has refused to participate in the court sessions until the case papers are examined, Novosti-Kazakhstan reported.
"I do not trust the court and prosecutors who violate my rights. I refuse to leave my prison cell and participate in the court session," Chelakh's lawyer Serik Sarsenov quoted his statement.
Chelakh said he will testify after he studies the case papers.
The court decided to continue the session without Chelakh. However he will be allowed to testify if he expresses such a wish.
Some 15 bodies were found at the Arkankergen border post in late May, including 14 border guards and a forest ranger. Border guard Chelakh confessed that he killed his colleagues. However, later he refuted this confession and said border post was attacked.
Earlier Chelakh attempted suicide in a courtroom.