BORDER GUARD CHELAKH ADMITTED GUILT UNDER THREATS - LAWYER
Almaty. August 2. Interfax-Kazakhstan - Border guard Vladislav Chelakh accused of killing his fellow servicemen confessed to the crime after he was threatened with rape, Chelakh's lawyer Serik Sarsenov said referring to his client's words.
"He was promised lenience during the trial if he would confess and threatened with rape if he would not. He is going to tell who was threatening him. He does not know their names. He will just describe their appearance," Sarsenov said in an interview to the Vremya newspaper published on Thursday.
To a question whether Chelakh had been tortured the lawyer said: "No, he denies having been subjected to physical violence. He only came under psychological pressure."
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.
On Wednesday Chelakh's lawyer Tulegen Berlikozhanov said his client had retracted his initial confession and said he did not kill his service mates.
A psychiatric examination has found Vladislav Chelakh to be competent to stand trial.