Kazakhstan protests against U.S. court ruling on Denyakin's case

Updated: 2012-02-14 02:48:00

(Xinhua)

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ASTANA, February 13 (Xinhua) -- Kazakh Foreign Ministry expressed its grave concern over the U.S. court ruling on the killing of Kazakh national Kirill Denyakin by a U.S. police officer last year, Kazakh Foreign Ministry spokesman Altai Abibullayev told a briefing here on Monday.

"We express our deep concern over the verdict of a jury as of February 9, 2012 to declare U.S. police officer Steven Rankin not guilty in Kazakhstani Kirill Denyakin's killing case. As is known, Steven Rankin shot at close range unarmed Kirill Denyakin. His actions were excessive," the spokesman said.

According to the spokesman, the verdict of not guilty is in conflict with the international principles.

It is reported that Denyakin worked as a cook for a Portsmouth hotel in U.S. State of Virginia under the Work and Travel program. On April 23, 2011 Denyakin was shot 11 times by a police officer after he allegedly refused to follow the police orders and charged at the officer.

On February 10 the grand jury in Portsmouth, Virginia declined to bring charges against the police officer. The jury believed the officer's actions were justified by what he saw as a threat to his life.