The Italian Justice System has found Amanda Knox guilty for the murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher. Judge Alessandro Nenci reinstated the original verdict of the Knox-Sollecito retrial on Thursday, January 30, 2014, in Florence, in Italy. The conviction of Knox-Sollecito trial was held by the appeals court for the murder that took place in 2007. Knox is sentenced to twenty eight and half years in prison, and her ex-boyfriend Sollecito sentenced to twenty five years. Florence appellate court overturned the Perugia appellate court acquittal on Amanda Knox trials.
The question now raised is whether the United States will extradite Amanda Knox who now lives in Seattle, US, to Italy for her sentence. Amanda Knox already served four years in prison and the early verdict has been overturned by Nenci ruling. The United States does not allow double jeopardy. The question is will the Italians demand extradition of Knox from the US? Knox and Sollecito went under three different trials for the murder of Kercher.
In November 2, 2007, Meredith Kercher’s body was found in blood in a shared apartment in Perugia. Meredith Kercher and Amanda Knox was exchange student at university town in Perugia. Kercher and Knox were roommates, and Sollecito was Knox’s boyfriend at that time. Knox was from the United States and Kercher from Britain. It was an alleged erotic game that went wrong between Kercher, Knox and Sollecito. Knox was found guilty for the murder of her British roommate and Knox went through many trials after the tragedy.
The first trial conviction of the Knox-Sollecito was held in 2009 in Perugia. In the trial, the court ruled the guilty verdict for murder, sexual assault and slander. Knox was sentenced to twenty six years in prison and additional one year for slander. Her ex-boyfriend, Sollecito was sentenced based on the evidence found for 25 years for murder and sexual assault.
In 2011, the Perugia appellate court overturned the ruling by acquitting both Knox and Sollecito after they served four year in jail. The court said that there was no real motive or evidence behind Kercher’s murder. Amand Knox trials went through different verdicts at different courts.
The Italian Supreme Court reversed the verdict in 2013, and ordered new trial for the case at the appellate division and reexamination of the evidence that were dismissed by the Perugia appellate court. Now on January 30, 2014, the Florence appeals court confirmed the guilty verdict that came out of the first trial of Knox-Sollecito case. Knox is found of two things, sexual assault and slander and murder of Kercher. The court increased the prison time of slander from one year to four years, total time for Amanda knox is twenty eight and half year prison time. The defense can appeal the verdict in the high court in Rome.
In Good Morning America, Knox said she will not return purposely to Italy, she will not quit fighting; she will battle through the very end. She along with her family in Seattle watched the verdict given by the Florence appellate court, it was unexpected and it struck her as previously they acquitted her and now again found her guilty. Theodore Simon, Knox’s lawyer said they will appeal the verdict into the next court, and it will be another year. He was silent on the extradition question. The U.S. State Department spokeswoman, Marie Harf, refused to tell whether the Italian plead for the extradition of Knox due to confidential concerns. Knox trials now awaits for another appeal in high court in Rome.
By Iqra Amjad
The Washington Post