ARKANKERGEN TRAGEDY COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED - EX-BORDER GUARD CHIEF
Almaty. July 12. Interfax-Kazakhstan - Border guard Vladislav Chelakh suspected of murdering his fellow servicemen at the Arkankergen border post should not have been drafted for service in the border guard force, says ex-head of the Border Guard Agency Nurzhan Myrzaliyev.
"We have analyzed his psyche and screened his past, after which I made the conclusion with hindsight that he should have never been drafted for service," he said in an interview to the Vremya newspaper published on Thursday.
"He had no father. Some of his relatives have been convicted of theft and robbery. He was on file with the police. He had left college due to a conflict with other students," Myrzaliyev said.
According to the ex-Border Guard chief, Chelakh seems proud of having killed shooting his fellow servicemen.
"He had some gleam in his eyes as though he was proud of it. He apparently relished the details as he was telling how wounded comrades begged him for mercy," Myrzaliyev said.
As reported, on May 30 a border patrol unit from the Sary Bokter border post found the building of the Arkankergen post to be destroyed by fire. Fourteen of the fifteen personnel and a game warden, who lived in a nearby lodge, were dead.
The fifteenth border guard from Arkankergen, Vladislav Chelakh, was later found alive. He confessed to murdering his fellow servicemen and the game warden.
According to the investigation team, Chelakh could not give a clear motive for his crime.