In a shocking new development, the acquittal of Amanda Knox has been overturned by Italy’s highest appeal court, and a re-trial has been ordered.
Amanda Knox, 25, was found guilty in 2007 for murdering her British roommate Meredith Kercher, 21, with a knife in their apartment in Perugia, Italy. She was sentenced to 26 years imprisonment along with her then boyfriend Raffaele Sollecitto (who got 25 years). She spent four years behind bars before an appeal got her and Sollecitto acquitted and she was released in 2011. Her long murder trial made headlines around the world.
Knox has since then moved to Seattle, Washington, where she resumed her studies. It was also from there that she sent out a statement condemning the appeal court action, saying it was ‘completely unfounded and unfair.’
‘It was painful to receive the news that the Italian Supreme Court decided to send my case back for revision when the prosecution’s theory of my involvement in Meredith’s murder has been repeatedly revealed to be completely unfounded and unfair,’ she said. ‘I believe that any questions as to my innocence must be examined by an objective investigation and a capable prosecution. The prosecution responsible for the many discrepancies in their work must be made to answer for them, for Raffaele’s sake, my sake, and most especially for the sake of Meredith’s family. Our hearts go out to them.’
She vowed to fight on with her family, saying, ”No matter what happens, my family and I will face this continuing legal battle as we always have, confident in the truth and with our heads held high in the face of wrongful accusations and unreasonable adversity.’
According to multiple reports, Knox’s extradition to Italy for the retrial is going to be difficult, and the trial may begin as late as next year in Italy due to the slow judicial system there.
Knox has written a book about her famous trial, and it will be out in April.
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