Amanda Knox expresses "pain" over retrial for 2007 murder

ROME Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:54pm IST

Amanda Knox gestures while speaking during a news conference at Sea-Tac International Airport, Washington after landing there on a flight from Italy October 4, 2011. REUTERS/Anthony Bolante/Files

Amanda Knox gestures while speaking during a news conference at Sea-Tac International Airport, Washington after landing there on a flight from Italy October 4, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/Anthony Bolante/Files

Related Topics

ROME (Reuters) - American Amanda Knox expressed pain on Tuesday over the decision by Italy's highest court to order a retrial for her and her former boyfriend for the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher.

The Court of Cassation overturned the 2011 acquittal of Knox and Raffaele Sollecito and ordered a new trial, to be held in Florence.

"It was painful to receive the news," Knox said in a statement, adding that the prosecution case "has been repeatedly revealed to be completely unfounded and unfair".

She said the new trial must include an objective investigation and a capable prosecution but did not say whether she would return to Italy for the hearings.

An initial verdict for the murder, which happened when all three were students at Perugia University in Umbria, was overturned by an appeal court after Knox and Sollecito had served four years in prison. Knox returned to her Seattle-area home and Sollecito is believed to still be in Italy.

The acquittal came after independent forensic experts said the police scientific evidence was deeply flawed and the investigation had been bungled.

Knox said in her statement: "The prosecution responsible for the many discrepancies in their work must be made to answer for them, for Raffaele's sake, my sake and most especially for the sake of Meredith's family. Our hearts go out to them."

She added: "No matter what happens, my family and I will face this continuing legal battle as we always have, confident in the truth and with our heads held high in the face of wrongful accusations and unreasonable adversity."

(Writing by Barry Moody; editing by James Mackenzie)

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Canada Shooting

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Climate Deal

Climate Deal

EU strikes compromise to set new climate target.  Full Article 

Ebola Outbreak

Ebola Outbreak

Mali becomes sixth West African nation hit by Ebola.  Full Article 

China Reforms

China Reforms

China vows better rule of law, but no word of disgraced security chief.  Full Article 

Hong Kong Unrest

Hong Kong Unrest

U.N. rights watchdog calls for open elections in Hong Kong.  Full Article 

Fukushima Probe

Fukushima Probe

Japan prosecutors set to rule on possible Fukushima indictments.  Full Article 

Fighting Islamic State

Fighting Islamic State

U.S.-led air strikes killed 553 fighters, 32 civilians in Syria - monitor.  Full Article 

Under Siege

Under Siege

Syria's Kobani less at risk but could still fall - U.S. officials.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage