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Judge 'certain' Knox is innocent

Published 28/03/2013 | 14:46

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Amanda Knox faces a new trial over the murder of Meredith Kercher (AP)

The Italian presiding appellate judge who acquitted American student Amanda Knox in the murder of her British room-mate Meredith Kercher has said he remains certain there is no evidence of her guilt.

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Now retired, Judge Pratillo Hellmann was quoted today by Italian newspapers as saying the only evidence that tied Knox and co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito to the crime was refuted by new expert testimony entered on appeal.

Italy's highest criminal court this week overturned the acquittals and ordered a new appeals trial for Knox and Sollecito.

The two had been found guilty in the 2007 murder of 21-year-old Ms Kercher, whose throat was slashed. An Ivorian man is serving a 16-year sentence for her killing.

Mr Hellmann said he would draw the same conclusion again "without a doubt".

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