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Italy has two reasons to request the extradition of Amanda Knox

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Whether or not Amanda Knox will be forced to return to Italy to serve her sentence for the murder of Meredith Kercher, has been a controversial topic for the past few years. Knox has defiantly stated that she will not go back to Italy willingly. However, new revelations in the Meredith Kercher murder case provide two solid reasons for Knox's extradition. One is for the murder of Meredith Kercher and the second her proven involvement with drug dealers.

It has been five months since Knox's guilty verdict for the murder of Meredith Kercher was upheld by Italian Supreme court of Cassation on January 30, 2014. She and Raffaele Sollecito began to exhaust their final appeal before their guilty convictions are set to be finalized by the end of the year. Now, new information confirming Knox's guilt has surfaced.

Soon after Judge Nencini confirmed their guilty verdict a CCTV video, showing a woman who bore a strong resemblance to Knox was released by Italian investigative TV show Quarto Grado. The young woman in the video was walking alone near the cottage shortly before Meredith was stabbed to death.

As if this weren’t enough, Knox’s former fling, Raffaele Sollecito held a press conference to withdraw his alibi for her. On July 1, 2014 Raffaele Sollecito, flanked by his lawyers, announced to the worldwide press that he could not provide an alibi for Amanda on the evening that Meredith was slain. “Asked where Knox may have been in those missing hours [of the murder], Sollecito said he . . . could not vouch for her whereabouts.”

"While the Italian always claimed Knox 'spent the night' with him, he never said they spent the evening together -- which is when the crime took place, Bongiorno [Sollecito's lawyer] said."

After this yet another revelation has blown across the media wires, apparently Knox was snorting coke. Cell phone records show Knox called a known cocaine dealer in the days preceding and following the murder. Using numbers from Knox’s phone, Italian police have been able to bust a drug ring that catered to university students.

Italian authorities confirmed that not only was Knox purchasing cocaine from a known drug dealer but she was also having “relations of a sexual nature” with him. This new relationship took place at the same time she had allegedly fallen in love with her Harry Potter- look-alike-lover Raffaele. This contradicts news coverage of the ill-fated lovers, Knox and Sollecito, who have often been compared to Romeo and Juliet.

Finally, details of Knox’s banks statements show that she withdrew copious amounts of cash in the months leading up to the murder on November 1, 2007. In the month of September 2007, Amanda withdrew $2,452.60 and in October she took out $1,637.25, all in cash. Amanda’s rent was only $400 (300 Euros) per month. The large sums of money, combined with her phone records, strongly suggest that Knox had an expensive drug habit.

One significant piece of evidence tying Amanda to the crime scene is a large drop of Knox’s blood on the bathroom sink tap. This fresh blood was mixed with Meredith Kercher’s blood in the bathroom as well as several other areas. If Knox had been snorting cocaine, it can be speculated that she got a nose bleed and dropped blood on top of the faucet.

Knox’s defense team has yet to comment on any of these revelations. However, Italian authorities are now armed with two valid reasons to request Knox’s extradition: One for the murder of Meredith Kercher and secondly, for her involvement with cocaine dealers.



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