Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018

Retrial for Kercher murder 'raises family's hopes'


Perugia, June 26 - The decision of Italy's supreme
Court of Cassation to order a new appeals trial into the 2007
murder of student Meredith Kercher has raised her parents' hope
to finally discover who killed her, Perugia prosecutor Giancarlo
Costagliola told a joint press conference on Wednesday with his
boss, prosecutor-general Giovanni Galati.
Discussing the case with reporters, Galati also spoke about
an "unworthy soap opera" around the murder.
In March this year, Italy's highest appeals court scrapped
the acquittal of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito in Kercher's
murder and ordered a new appeals trial which will be held in
Florence as soon as this fall.
Knox, now 25, and Sollecito, now 29, both students along
with Kercher, were convicted of her murder in 2009 and served
almost four years in prison before their convictions were
overturned in 2011.
Only one man, Rudy Guede, has been convicted of the slaying
in a separate proceeding and is serving a 16-year sentence.
"Only Rudy Guede, Amanda and Raffaele can tell us what
really happened on the night of November 1, 2007 in via della
Pergola" where the British student was murdered, Galati said.
"The Court of Cassation has been careful not to evaluate
specific issues of the ruling" of the appeals court which
acquitted the two.
The supreme court must rule on a trial's legitimacy but not
on merit.
In a document explaining its motives for overturning the
acquittal of Knox and Sollecito issued earlier this month, the
Cassation said the death could have been the result of an erotic
The high court also said key issues ranging from the exact
time of death to the actions of defendants needed to be answered
in a new trial.
Judges questioned the timing of Kercher's death - three
women in the area said they heard a terrible scream between
11:00 pm and 11:30 pm but other witness said it was much
And they wondered if the murder was the work of one or more
In addition, they cited testimony that Knox bought
detergent shortly after Kercher's murder although the US student
claimed she was at Sollecito's house.
During the press conference on Wednesday, Costagliola, the
prosecutor in the appeals trial, criticized the appeals court
for "failing to take into account what judges of first instance
wrote when they sentenced Amanda and Raffaele to 26 and 25 years
in jail".
"The Florentine court will bring justice and in case of a
conviction, could change the jail term," said Costagliola,
adding that the pair could once again be acquitted "but based on
different facts".

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