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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Swiss Authorities Send Kaloyev Home

ZURICH, Switzerland -- Swiss authorities have released Russian architect Vitaly Kaloyev, imprisoned since 2004 for killing an air traffic controller he blamed for the death of his wife and children in a plane collision, a Russian official said Monday.

Vitaly Kaloyev, who last week was ordered to be released by Switzerland's highest court, left a Zurich prison early Monday, said Alexander Gladkov, spokesman for the Russian embassy in Switzerland.

Kaloyev was to return to Russia later Monday, Gladkov said.

The 51-year-old was convicted in October 2005 of premeditated homicide in the killing of Danish-born Peter Nielsen, an air traffic controller with Swiss company Skyguide.

Nielsen was the person on duty when a Bashkirian Airlines plane and a DHL cargo jet collided over southern Germany on July 1, 2002, killing 71 people.