Perugia, Italy – Prosecutors in Italy have filed an appeal challenging the acquittal of American Amanda Knox and her Italian former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher.
Knox, 24, appealed her Dec. 2009 conviction regarding the death of Meredith, 21, with whom she shared a cottage in Italy. She was sentenced to 26 years behind bars in an Italian prison. Also found guilty of participating in the murder was Knox’s ex-boyfriend Rafaelle Sollecito, who was sentenced to 25 years in prison, and drifter Rudy Guede who had his initial 30-year sentence reduced to 16 as a result of an appeal.
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In Oct. 2011, both Knox and Sollecito’s convictions for murder were overturned after the initial DNA testing was questioned and eventually reevaluated. Thus, both were set free and Knox returned to her home state of Washington.
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The Guardian reports that under Italian law, the case can now be appealed to the country’s supreme court by either prosecutors or the accused.
“I immediately had the feeling that the appeal decision was profoundly unjust and now I am convinced that it should be annulled,” prosecutor Giancarlo Costagliola wrote in the legal document filed regarding Knox and Sollecito’s acquittals.
The Guardian notes that Sollecito responded to the news regarding prosecutors actions by saying, “This is a story that never ends. For me it’s a real torment which has lasted for four years.”
According to the report, Carlo dalla Vedova, an attorney representing Knox said, “Hypothetically speaking, should there be a new hearing, it would be held in Florence. But I doubt the supreme court will rule before the end of 2012… you would need months to fix a new hearing and neither the supreme court nor the court in Florence could order the defendants to be taken into custody before the final verdict, which would three to four years from now.”
He also noted that to extradite Knox from the United States back to Italy, “you would need approval from the US government.”
Knox still faces charges of slander in Italy regarding testimony she made at trial in which she said police hit her during an interrogation regarding Meredith’s murder.
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