Amanda Knox apologized for falsely accusing her former boss of murdering Meredith Kercher in a recent interview with the Guardian, following her second conviction for the murder of her roommate in Italy. Her boss Patrick Lumumba was held in jail for two weeks after Knox told police (evidently falsely) that she heard him kill Kercher in the house they shared in Perugia, Italy.
Lumumba still professes hurt at her false allegation against him and is upset because he still cannot re-open his Italian bar because under the law in the land of the Caesars the entire case must be closed first. He has said he is baffled by her accusation in the past.
Knox, who is attending the University of Washington in Seattle, now says she "really struggled what happened with Patrick," telling interviewers she realizes he was hurt by her untrue accusation.
Knox continues to point the blame at the Italian police for her lie in the Guardian interview, saying, "Granted, I was in a position where I couldn't give answers. But if you read what I said after my interrogations, I said I could not testify against him, and yet his lawyer continues to say I was going to let him languish in prison. And the police kept him when he had an alibi, so his anger is misdirected."
Knox was found guilty of slandering Patrick Lumumba and sentenced to an additonal three years in an Italian prison.
Presiding Judge Allesandro Nemecini said in his widely-read interview with corriera dell sera that," If Amanda Knox had gone to work that night we wouldn't be here today."
Corriera dell sera is one of the oldest and most respected Italian newspapers. Located in Milan, it reportedly has a daily circulation of 800,000 and an online readership of more than a million including its English version.
Her boss at work was Lumumba. Although Nemecini has not yet released his written report as to the court's findings he further said,"Amanda Knox and Raffaelle Sollecito changed their plans which created an opportunity. She didn't go to work and he didn't pick up his friend's luggage at a train station. We don't know what they did after 8:15 p.m. the night of the murder."
Knox further delved into her falsehood during the Guardian interview, saying, "When I named Patrick, I just started weeping. I though, Oh my God, it must be true what they're saying. I must have witnessed my friend's murder somehow, and now I'm traumatised (sic) enough to not even remember it. And to be drawn into this horrible idea of what happened was so completely overwhelming that I just wept for I don't how how long. I was delirious."
Knox was sentenced to 28 1/2 years in prison for the murder while Sollecito received 25.
Sollecito has said he doesn't believe he would've been convicted were it not for the fact he was Amanda Knox's boyfriend. The 29-year old computer analyst is represented by the top female attorney in Italy Giulia Bonjiorno. Bonjiorno said she will appeal his conviction and sentence.
Judge Nemecini hinted that Raffaelle could've helped himself had he testified at his trial. Knox did not travel to Italy for the trial. Rumors have floated around Florence that Sollecito may be moving toward opening up more in the future about what happened that night.
The Court of Cassation (Italy's Supreme Court) will make the final decision on the case when it is appealed to them. Knox told Robin Roberts during an interview on Good Morning America she will continue to fight her conviction and she will never voluntarily return to Italy to serve her prison time.
She could flee to a South American country which has no extradition treaty with Italy to avoid that possiblilty. Sollecito has established a home away from hom in the Dominican Republic, a favorite hideaway for Italians with legal complications.
Whatever the final verdict in this case, it is murder victim Merdith Kercher and her family who have suffered the most.
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