Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
ROME

Erotic game remains theory in Kercher murder

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(By Kate Carlisle)
Rome, June 18 - The 2007 murder of student
Meredith Kercher in the city of Perugia could have been the
result of an erotic game, Italy's supreme Court of Cassation
said on Tuesday in a document explaining the motives for
overturning the acquittal of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito
for her murder.
On March 25, the Cassation scrapped the Perugia appeals
court's 2011 decision to quash the 26-year and 25-year sentences
Knox and Sollecito were handed respectively at the original
trial in 2009.
A new appeals trial has been ordered to take place in
Florence.
The murder of Kercher was one of the most notorious cases
in recent Italian history.
Knox, now 25, and Sollecito, now 29, both students along
with Kercher, were convicted of her murder in 2009 and served
nearly four years in prison before their convictions were
overturned in 2011.
A lawyer in Sollecito's defense team said Tuesday that her
client is not afraid of a retrial with Knox for a brutal murder
in Perugia in 2007.
That's because Sollecito is not guilty of murdering fellow
student Meredith Kercher, said lawyer Giulia Bongiorno.
The court said it thought that the theory that Kercher was
killed during a sex game gone wrong had not been properly
studied.
"We do not fear any kind of study because this will only
bring out the strangeness of...the allegations," said Bongiorno.
"It's more or less what we expected," said Bongiorno.
In March a top prosecutor argued in Italy's highest appeals
court that justice was somehow lost when the murder convictions
of Knox and her former boyfriend Sollecito were overturned.
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,"
prosecutor-General Luigi Riello said.
Knox and Sollecito are currently not facing arrest, another
member of Sollecito's defense, Luca Maori, said after the
acquittal was overturned.
The Cassation Court ruling "does not revive the conviction
at the court of first instance," said Maori.
"For Raffaele and Amanda there is no risk of custodial
measures being applied," Maori said.
Knox, a 25-year-old student at the University of
Washington, may face extradition if the conviction is
reinstated.
The pair were arrested on November 6, 2007, three days
after the discovery of British student Kercher's body with her
throat slit in the student flat she shared with Knox in the
medieval Italian city of Perugia.
The appeals court dismissed the prosecution's theory that
Kercher was killed in a sex game that went wrong and ruled that
DNA evidence backing the 2009 conviction was unsafe.
"If there was an erotic game, most certainly Raffaele
Sollecito and Amanda Knox were not part of it," Bongiorno said
Tuesday.

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