Friday 24 November 2017

Knox acquittal judge certain she's innocent

THE Italian judge who acquitted American student Amanda Knox says he remains certain there is no evidence of her guilt.

Judge Pratillo Hellmann, now retired, was quoted in Italian newspapers as saying the only evidence that tied Ms Knox and co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito to Meredith Kercher's murder was refuted by expert testimony entered on appeal.

Italy's highest criminal court this week overturned the acquittals and ordered fresh trials for Ms Knox and Ms 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".

Irish Independent

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