Amanda Knox launches appeal against murder conviction
ITALY'S legal system will come under unprecedented scrutiny today as Amanda Knox launches an appeal against her conviction for the murder of Meredith Kercher, a British student.
Knox, a 23-year-old American, was sentenced to 26 years in prison last year for her part in the killing in 2007 of her housemate in the central Italian city of Perugia.
Knox's then boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, and Rudy Guede, an unemployed drifter from Ivory Coast, were also convicted of sexual assault and murder.
Sollecito will be appealing against his 25-year sentence jointly with Knox in the Perugia court from today under international media glare.
Defence lawyers for the two claim there are numerous gaps in the prosecution's case and say that a miscarriage of justice occurred. The weakness of the forensic evidence and the failure of the prosecution to provide a convincing motive for the crime has led some, particularly in the US, to express doubts about the conviction.
The defence lawyers are seeking a full review of the forensic evidence, including disputed claims that incriminating DNA was found on a knife allegedly used in the murder and on the clasp of Ms Kercher's bra.
Should Knox lose this appeal, she is entitled to one more under Italian law. (© Independent News Service)