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Suspect in Karaganda murder case Narek Gururyan detained
2019-01-09 18:38:30

Armenian national Narek Gururyan suspected of murdering Kazakh citizen in Karaganda during the early hours of 2019 has been detained, Tengrinews.kz reports.

Almas Sadubayev, Director of Internal and External Communications Department of the Kazakh Ministry of Internal Affairs, said the man had been detained in Omsk region in cooperation with Russian law-enforcement bodies.

According to him, he is now being processed for extradition to Kazakhstan.

“The Ministry of Interior guarantees an objective, comprehensive investigation and advises Gururyan to voluntarily surrender to police in order to avoid aggravating circumstances,” Sadubayev said.

A Kazakh man was killed in a brawl in a local restaurant in the early hours of 2019. The young man was stabbed to death in the clash between two groups during celebrations on January 1. Three other men were hospitalized with stab wounds.

The incident in Karaganda raised ethnic tensions, after some of the protesters blamed the killing on ethnic Armenians.

In a January 3 statement the Karaganda police said three suspects - identified as Torgom Malkhasian, Sokhak Malkhasian, and Qaiyr Nadyrbekov - had been arrested. Narek Gururyan was the main suspect in the case.

In a video message Gururyan confessed to have participated in the brawl, but denied killing anyone.