Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
ROME

Prosecutor says Knox acquittal must be "undone"

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Rome, March 25 - Justice was somehow lost when the
murder convictions of American Amanda Knox and her former
boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of British student
Meredith Kercher were overturned, a top prosecutor argued Monday
in Italy's highest appeals court.
Prosecutor-General Luigi Riello sided with lower appeals
court prosecutors in arguing for a retrial in one of the most
notorious murder cases in recent Italian history: the slaying of
Kercher in November 2007 in the apartment she shared with Knox
in the central Italian city of Perugia.
"In this trial, justice has lost its way," Riello told the
Casstion Court in a case that has drawn intense international
interest and debate.
Knox, now 25, and Sollecito, now 29, both students along
with Kercher, were convicted of her murder in 2009 and served
two years in prison before their convictions were overturned in
2011.
Neither Knox, who has returned to her family in Seattle,
nor Sollecito, who lives in the northern Italian city of Verona,
were expected in court Monday as the top judges weighed whether
to accept the appeals court prosecutors' demand for a new trial.
Riello complained of "a fair amount of snobbery" in the
original trial, as well as a disorganization of evidence.
The judgement of Perugia's appeals court was "a rare
concentration of violations of the law and of a lack of logic
and I think (the acquittal decision) must be undone," Riello
concluded.
Rudy Guede, now 26, a native of the African nation of Ivory
Coast, was convicted separately and sentenced to 16 years in
jail for killing Kercher, who was 21.

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