Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
PERUGIA

Retired Knox appeals judge says 'no proof of guilt'

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Perugia, March 28 - The retired president of the
Perugia appeals court that acquitted Amanda Knox and her
ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito in 2011 of murdering Meredith
Kercher said Thursday he remains certain of their innocence.
"There was no proof of their guilt," said Claudio Pratillo
Hellmann.
On Tuesday, Italy's supreme Court of Cassation overturned
the Perugia appellate court's decision, paving the way for a new
appeals process expected later this year.
Knox, now a student in Seattle, and Sollecito, a student in
Verona, are suspected of cutting the throat of her roommate
Kercher in 2007 while studying abroad in Perugia.
"In order to convict, one must be certain of guilt. In this
case, there was only scientific proof: the DNA on the knife and
the clasp of Meredith's bra. Proof that the technical evaluation
rejected - not us, but the evaluation," he said.
In the initial criminal trial, investigators said DNA from
Knox was on the handle of the murder weapon, Kercher's was on
the blade and Sollecito's was on the bra clasp.
But a review of the evidence later determined those samples
were contaminated.
"I would do everything again the same way. I haven't the
slightest doubt," said Pratillo Hellmann.
"Those who have read the case in its essential parts cannot
be convinced of the proof of guilt.
"It's absolutely impossible. We debated this quite
effectively in the verdict, we deconstructed the evidence piece
by piece, which in the end were only clues.

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