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article imageAmanda Knox to be retried for Kercher murder

By Alexander Baron     Mar 26, 2013 in Crime
Rome - The convictions of American student Amanda Knox and her Italian lover for the murder of a British student in Italy was one of the most controversial and high profile cases of the new Millennium. Now they are to be retried.
The news that both Knox and Raffaele Sollecito are to be retried was broken here by the BBC. The November 2007 murder of the Leeds University student Meredith Kercher resulted in two trials: that of drifter Rudi Guede, and the trial of lovers Knox and Sollecito. The police forensic team came in for severe criticism at the time, and it was this that was partly responsible for the successful appeal. Guede did not appeal, he pleaded guilty and was fast tracked.
The retrial was announced by Italy's highest court, and will be a rerun of the appeal, not of the trial from the beginning. Italian law is extremely tardigrade, more so than even American law, and the retrial is not expected to begin this year and very likely not next year either. Knox will not return and there is no suggestion that the Italian Government will request her extradition, and even less that the American Government would consent. This does though raise the question of what would happen to Sollecito if the judgment were reversed.
According to the BBC, Miss Knox said: "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."
Naturally she omitted the little matter of her voluntary confession, the lies she told about being subjected to unwarranted pressure by the Italian police, and the not so little matter of her implicating her bar owner boss Patrick Lumumba, who had a cast iron alibi for the murder.
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