Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018
PERUGIA

Knox, Sollecito won't attend appeals verdict

English
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(By Kate Carlisle)
Perugia, March 21 - Amanda Knox and Raffaele
Sollecito, who were acquitted in a notorious 2007 murder case in
the Umbrian city of Perugia, are waiting for the verdict Italy's
top appeals court is to announce on Monday.
The two will be watching from different countries - Knox in
the US and Sollecito in Italy from the northern town of Verona.
Prosecutors are challenging a lower court's acquittal of
Knox and her former Italian boyfriend Sollecito, charged in the
murder of British student Meredith Kercher, 21, on November 2,
2007.
A third man, Rudy Guede, was sentenced to 16 years in
prison in the case.
Knox and Sollecito were originally convicted of the murder
in December 2009 and were respectively sentenced to 26 and 25
years in prison.
However, two years later their guilty verdicts were
overturned.
The victim's family is also participating in the appeal.
Sollecito is currently working on a university-studies
related project involving the application of robotics to medical
surgery in Verona.
Knox will likely be waiting for the outcome of the sentence
in her home in the northwestern state of Seattle.
After having finished his university studies and graduated
in jail prior to being released, Sollecito went on to specialize
in information technology engineering at the University of
Verona, his father Francesco Sollecito told ANSA.
"He is currently working on a project which involves the
practical application of his studies," Sollecito senior said.
"It relates to the concrete application that permits the
movement of instruments during surgery".
Last year, Sollecito published a book on the trial and his
imprisonment called 'Honor Bound: My Journey to Hell and Back
with Amanda Knox'.
It tells of the then 23-year-old Italian's brief
relationship with the American student dubbed Foxy Knoxy by the
American press due to her enigmatic behaviour and their fight to
defend their innocence.
In his book Sollecito criticises the Italian police for the
manner in which they carried out their investigations but admits
that his behaviour and that of Amanda following the murder had
been sufficiently "odd" to raise suspicion.
Knox, who now lives in her native Seattle, sold the
rights for a planned memoir on her conviction and acquittal to
HarperCollins for around $4 million, the New York Times reported
last year.
Kercher, a 21-year-old London-born Leeds University
student, was found dead and with stab wounds to her throat in
the apartment she shared with Knox.
Interest in the tragic and bizarre case lead to the
production of the film 'Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy',
first screened in the US in 2011 amid strong opposition from the
the victims' and defendants' families and lawyers.
A book by journalist Barbie Latza Nadeau who covered the
trial closely, 'Angel Face: Sex, Murder and the Inside Story of
Amanda Knox,' was published in 2010.

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