Knox has private jet waiting to fly her back home, court told
Published 01/10/2011 | 05:00
Amanda Knox has a private jet waiting to fly her home to Seattle on Monday if she is acquitted of killing Meredith Kercher, her appeal hearing was told yesterday.
Giuliano Mignini, the chief prosecutor, claimed Knox (24) would immediately "escape" from Italian justice and flee abroad if she was acquitted.
Under the Italian judicial system, prosecutors would have the right to appeal in the Supreme Court in Rome, but lawyers fear they will not get the chance to do so.
"We know what will happen if you absolve. She will escape overseas and we won't be able to do anything about it," the chief prosecutor told the jury in the court in Perugia.
If the American is successful in her appeal against her conviction for murdering the 21-year-old British student, she is expected to be flown home with her family almost immediately, with speculation that television networks are lining up to pay large sums for her story.
Francesco Maresca, the lawyer for the Kercher family, claimed that "a private jet" was waiting to take Knox back to her home city of Seattle.
Mr Mignini called for Knox's 26-year sentence to be increased to life.
The Kercher family's lawyer also contrasted Knox's situation with that of his clients.
While the Kerchers are struggling to book a flight to Italy for the verdict, Knox has a private jet waiting to take her away, Mr Maresca claimed.
But he added that the Kercher family would attend on Monday, when the verdict is expected.
The lawyer said the defence's argument that Ms Kercher was murdered in 2007 solely by Rudy Guede, the Ivory Coast immigrant who is serving 16 years for the killing, was a "fairy tale".
Mr Mignini accused Knox and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito (27) who is appealing against his 25-year sentence, of making a pact to "blame it all on the black guy".
Knox's lawyer, Maria del Grosso, hit back at the slurs against her client, insisting there was no forensic evidence that proved her guilt.
Mixes of Knox's DNA with Ms Kercher's were only found in two places, and neither was linked with the murder, she said.
Knox was supported in court by her parents, Curt Knox and Edda Mellas.
Knox and Sollecito are expected to address the court on Monday before the judges and jury retire to consider their verdicts. (©Daily Telegraph, London)