20 Jul 2018 21:47

Kazakh court arrests figure skater Ten murder suspects

ALMATY. July 20 (Interfax) - A court has sanctioned the arrest of suspects of Kazakh figure skater Denis Ten's murder for two months, an Interfax correspondent reported.

Alma Abdukhalykova, the examining judge of the Almalinsky District Court, announced a decision to impose a restrictive measure in the form of arrest on Arman Kudaybergenov and Nuraly Kiyasov at a hearing on Friday.

As reported, the police detained 24-year old Zhambyl district resident Kiyasov and 23-year-old Kyzylorda region resident Kudaybergenov on suspicion of Ten's murder earlier. Both of them made a confession.

On Thursday, Ten sustained a lethal stab wound to his thigh while trying to stop two thieves who were stealing his car mirrors in the center of Almaty. The athlete was rushed to Almaty's central hospital in critical condition and died several hours later.

The police opened a criminal case of murder for financial gain. The Kazakh prosecutor general and interior minister monitor the case.

Ten, who turned 25 on June 13, was Kazakhstan's first and so far only figure skater to win medals at the Winter Olympic Games (2014), the World Championships (2013 and 2015), the Four Continents Championship (2015), the Winter Universiade (2017), the Asian Winter Games (2011), and the Grand Prix of Figure Skating events. Taking first in a 2008 Junior Grand Prix event, Ten became the first Kazakh figure skater to win a medal at an International Skating Union tournament.