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    RUSSIAN EMBASSY HAS NO INFORMATION ON NATIONALITY OF SUSPECT OF MURDER OF SKYGUIDE DISPATCHER

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    GENEVA, February 27, 2004. (RIA Novosti correspondent) - Russian Embassy in Switzerland still has no information about the nationality of the person suspected of murder of Swiss company Skyguide dispatcher, Dane Peter Nielsen.

    Yesterday the Russian Embassy sent a note to the Swiss Foreign Ministry requesting to report whether the arrested suspect was a Russian citizen. "We constantly keep in touch with the Swiss Foreign Ministry, but so far we received no response," a source in the Russian Embassy disclosed to a RIA Novosti correspondent.

    The only information on the suspect is that he had lost all his family - the wife, daughter and son, in the air crash over the Bodensee.

    The suspect, 48-year-old male, was arrested on Wednesday in one of the hotels in Cloten. He denies his guilt. At present the police is checking the alibi of the suspect. It is also necessary to compare his fingerprints with those on the knife - the weapon of the murder.

    The Skyguide air traffic controller, who was on duty on the day of the tragedy over the Bodensee, was stabbed to death on Tuesday night at his house in Cloten, not far from Zurich.

    In July of 2002 Bashkir Airlines Tu-154 passenger plane and Boeing-747 cargo plane crashed in the German air space. As a result of the crash 69 passengers of Tu-154, most of them children, and two Boeing pilots were killed.

    According to one of the versions, it was the killed air traffic controller responsible for the tragedy, which occurred in the zone of his responsibility.

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