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Vitaly Kaloyev gave preliminary consent to serving his prison terms in Russia
Vitaly Kaloyev, sentenced by a Swiss court to eight years in prison for murdering an air traffic controller, gave preliminary consent to serving his prison terms in Russia, an official said on Wednesday. "We intend to seek the settlement of the issue of his transfer to the Russian Federation in case the verdict comes into effect, but it foremost requires the consent of the convict," director of the department for international law and cooperation under the Russian Justice Ministry Saak Karapetyan said. "We asked our Embassy in Switzerland through the Foreign Ministry to have a meeting with him, such a meeting was arranged, and he gave us a written statement that he agrees to his transfer for serving his term in his homeland," Karapetyan said. Under the European convention on the transfer of convicts, his term in Russia will be approximately the same as in Switzerland. The convention envisions the possibility of amnesty or pardon for convicts. Kaloyev, 49, lost his wife and two children in the midair collision over Lake Boden overnight to July 2, 2002. Dane Peter Nielsen, 36, an employee of the Skyguide navigation company, was on duty on that fatal night. His error is believed to have caused the collision of the Russian Tu-154 airliner with the cargo Boeing-757. The Zurich court found Kaloyev guilty of premeditated murder and sentenced him to eight years in convict prison
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