Italy opens new slander trial towards Amanda Knox

Amanda Knox was beforehand convicted and later exonerated for the homicide of her roommate Meredith Kercher in 2007.

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Amanda Knox is on trial once more, dealing with allegations that she falsely accused a Congolese man of murdering her roommate whereas the younger girls have been change college students in Italy.

Knox was convicted after which exonerated for the homicide of Meredith Kercher in a case that grabbed the worldwide highlight.

In 2016 Italy’s highest Cassation Court docket definitively threw out the convictions of Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, who was additionally accused of Kercher’s homicide.

Knox was a 20-year-old scholar with rudimentary Italian who had not too long ago arrived in Perugia, when she endured an extended evening of questioning within the homicide of Meredith Kercher. She ended up accusing the proprietor of a bar the place she labored part-time of killing the 21-year-old British scholar.

Knox’s accusation towards Lumumba appeared in statements typed by police that she signed. She recanted the accusation in a four-page handwritten notice in English penned the next afternoon – the one proof the court docket can rule on within the present trial.

The ensuing slander conviction carried a three-year sentence, which Knox served throughout almost 4 years of detention till a Perugia appeals court docket discovered her and Sollecito not responsible. After six years of flip-flop verdicts, Knox was definitively exonerated by Italy’s highest court docket of the homicide in 2015.

In 2016, the European Court docket of Human Rights dominated that this interrogation had violated Knox’s rights as a result of she was questioned and not using a lawyer or official translator – and final November, Italy’s high court docket threw out the slander conviction and ordered a retrial.

Lumumba’s lawyer Carlo Pacelli this week argued that the court docket ought to readmit the disallowed paperwork as reference since Knox referred to them a number of instances in her written assertion. He additionally shouted “Amanda is a liar!” within the courtroom, receiving a reprimand from the president of the court docket.

Knox, now 36, didn’t seem at Wednesday’s listening to in Florence, and is being tried in absentia. She stays within the US, the place she campaigns for social justice and is pursuing numerous media tasks, together with a podcast and a restricted sequence on her case at the moment in growth with Hulu.

She has mentioned of her wrongful conviction in 2007 that “the earth dropped out from beneath me, and world disgrace rained down on high of me.”

Lumumba, who’s taking part within the prosecution as permitted by Italian regulation, additionally didn’t attend the trial.

Court docket recessed after almost 4 hours of arguments and can reconvene June 5 for rebuttals and a call. The case is being heard by two skilled judges and eight civilian jurors.

Kercher’s physique was discovered along with her throat slit on 2 November 2007 in her locked bed room in an condominium she shared with Knox and two different roommates.

Rudy Guede, whose DNA and footprints have been discovered on the scene, was convicted of the homicide and sentenced to 16 years in jail.

He was launched after serving 13 years, and is at the moment being investigated for allegedly bodily and sexually assaulting a former girlfriend since being freed.

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