The ghost of the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher continues to haunt the US student Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito; and, this time, more intensely than ever before.
As reported by the BBC on January 31, 2014, an Italian court has decided to uphold guilty murder verdicts; thereby, challenging previous acquittal verdict and reinstating the 28 years and six months’ imprisonment for Knox and similar punishment with 25 years’ imprisonment for Sollecito.
According to Amanda, the murder conviction is the most unjust one inflicted on anyone. Knox further went on to criticize the prosecutors and investigators who employed all sorts of measures to substantiate a crime she never committed. Knox now plans to appeal to Italy’s highest court to implore for reconsideration over the verdict.
The pair freed from prison in 2011 when a subordinate Italian court found Knox innocent. On the other hand, Kercher’s siblings were more than contented over current decision.
Since they know that litigation will now move to yet another Italian court of justice, it would be immature for them to consider current decision as final verdict.
Knox’s attorney conveyed Knox about the recent sentence that increases the punishment by two more years. Knox was simply speechless and petrified to hear about it.
Presiding judge Alessando Nencini ordered to revoke Sollecito’s passport. In Knox’s case, however, the Italian court looks slightly prejudiced since she is free to be abroad. The court cannot ask for her extradition before the final word on the murder case.