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Russian air traffic killer freed
Vitaly Kaloyev, pictured in 2002
Mr Kaloyev demanded an apology from the air traffic controller
A Russian man convicted of killing a Swiss air traffic controller, whom he blamed for the death of his wife and children, has been freed early.

The air traffic controller had been on duty on the night that Vitaly Kaloyev's wife and two children died in a plane crash in 2002.

Mr Kaloyev had initially been sentenced to eight years in prison for the crime.

But on Thursday a jury decided he could not be held responsible for his actions and reduced his sentence.

Peter Nielsen had been the only controller on duty when the plane carrying Mr Kaloyev's family collided in mid-air with a cargo plane over the southern German town of Ueberlingen, near the Swiss border.

He and three other colleagues were found guilty of negligence over the accident.

Mr Kaloyev had not travelled to Switzerland intending to kill Mr Nielsen, a Swiss judge told reporters, but had lost control after the air traffic controller refused to offer him an apology.


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