Anorak | Meredith Kercher: Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito murder convictions stand (but they’re not guilty)

Meredith Kercher: Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito murder convictions stand (but they’re not guilty)

by | 26th, March 2013

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AMANDA Knox always said she never murdered Meredith Kercher, the British student found with over 40 wounds to her body in the Perugia, Italy, flat the pair shared.

Kercher died in November 2007. Knox was jailed. Then acquitted. Now Italy’s top court has overturned her acquittal. Knox’s original conviction stands. But that does not mean she is guilty. It just means we go again.

This will be a battle between the Italian and US justice systems.

Knox lives in Seattle. The new trial will take place in her abscence in the Florence Court of Appeal.

If convicted, Knox might be extradited from the United States. Expect a huge fight.

Says Knox:

“No matter what happens, my family and I will face this continuing legal battle as we always have, confident in the truth and with our heads held high in the face of wrongful accusations and unreasonable adversity.”

Meredith’s sister Stephanie says:

“We are all looking to find out the truth. We welcome the decision that a retrial has been ordered and are pleased it is a step forward to finding an answer to some of those questions.”

Also in the dock will be Raffaele Sollecito, Knox’s ex-boyfriend. He live in Verona.

Francesco Maresca, the Kercher family lawyer, is elated at the third trial:

“This decision serves to review the definitive and final truth of Meredith’s murder. [Rudy] Guede [an Ivorian who is in prison for the murder of Ms Kercher] was not alone, the judges will tell us who was there with him… There was a lot of external pressure and the judge showed a will from the start to acquit.”

Before that third trial, Knox is due to publish a book called Waiting to be Heard.

Sollecito wrote Honour Bound.

We’ve seen their sides of the story.

But still we’re not sure what happend to Meredith Kercher.

One fact we do know for certain is that Knox was convicted of trying to pin Kercher’s murder on Patrick Lumumba, a Congolese bar owner for whom she worked. She was convicted ot defaming Mr Lumumba. That conviction stands.


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