Kazakhstan’s court sentences to death man accused of killing 10 people
A court in the southern Kazakhstan’s city of Almaty sentenced to death Ruslan Kulekbayev, who was accused of killing 10 people including eight police officers, Sputnik news agency reported.
"[The court] imposes a death penalty on Ruslan Kulekbayev," a judge said.
On July 18, an armed man, later identified as Ruslan Kulekbayev, attacked police officers in Almaty killing nine people. Another woman was killed by Kulekbayev at night before the attack. At the court Kulekbayev admitted his guilt and said that he did not repent of the committed attack. He said that the victims were on the "wrong path" and that he retaliated for oppression of the Muslim Brotherhood. The attack was qualified as an act of terrorism.
Although Kazakhstan has had a moratorium on the death penalty since 2003, the constitution still allows it to be used in exceptional circumstances, including over terror attacks.