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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Swiss Set to Release North Ossetian

WINTERTHUR, Switzerland — A North Ossetian architect convicted of killing an air traffic controller after losing his wife and two children in a midair plane collision may be released from prison Friday, his lawyer said.

The Superior Court of the canton of Zurich ruled that Vitaly Kaloyev could be released from prison Friday, lawyer Markus Hug said.

But prosecutors said they would appeal the decision with Switzerland's highest court.

Kaloyev was initially sentenced to eight years in prison for the premeditated homicide of Danish-born Peter Nielsen, an air traffic controller with Swiss company Skyguide who was the only person on duty when the planes — Bashkirian Airlines plane and a DHL cargo jet — collided on July 1, 2002, in airspace he was responsible for over Germany.