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    RUSSIA'S KALOYEV ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF KILLING SKYGUIDE CONTROLLER

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    GENEVA, March 1, 2004. (RIA Novosti) - The Russian embassy in Switzerland has confirmed this Monday reports about the arrest of Russian citizen Vitaly Kaloyev on suspicion of killing Skyguide air traffic controller last Tuesday as he was entering his house in Kloten close to Zurich.

    "We are now negotiating the possibility for our consulate official to visit him," said Russian embassy official in Berne.

    Kaloyev who is charged with the murder of the Skyguide air controller, who was on duty on the night of a Russian Tu-154 crash over the Bodensee in Germany, has lost in that tragedy the whole family: his wife, daughter and son. Having been arrested on the next day after the killing in a Kloten hotel, he pleads not guilty.

    In the June of 2002, a DHL International Airways Boeing-747 and a Tupolev Tu-154M operated by Russia's Bashkirian Airlines collided in flight over German air space near Lake Constance (Bodensee), killing 69 persons, chiefly children, on board the Tu-154 and the two Boeing pilots.

    One of the versions places the blame on the Skyguide service controller, who was responsible for the zone, where the tragedy occurred.

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