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Raffaele Sollecito being sued for 'defaming prosecutor' in his book

Italian Court
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It is being reported in the news that Raffaele Sollecito, the ex-lover of Amanda Knox and co-defendant in the Meredith Kercher murder case, is being sued for 'defaming prosecutor Giuliano Mignini' and 'vilifying the judicial police' in his book Honor Bound.

"Raffaele Sollecito was questioned today in the early afternoon at the offices of the Prosecutor of the Republic of Florence Giambartolomei by the deputy prosecutor who accused him of defaming the prosecutor Giuliano Mignini and have vilified the 'Order Judiciary in general and the State Police, which has completed the investigation in proceedings relating to the killing of Meredith Kercher, through some of the statements contained in the book Honour Bound written with Andrew Gumbel in English."

Raffaele co-wrote his litigious tale with British writer Andrew Gumbel who also faces charges. Mr. Gumbel hired, Francesca Bacecci, a lawyer from Perugia to help defend him.

Although Raffaele's book, like Amanda Knox's memoir, was only distributed in the U.S. in an attempt to avoid litigation, this strategy seems to have failed.

Raffaele complained that he initially discovered these additional legal charges against him from the newspapers. Mr. Sollecito has scheduled a news conference on July 1, 2014 at 10:30am in Rome, where it is anticipated that he will officially withdraw his alibi for Amanda Knox.

If the 'Honor Bound' author does 'throw Amanda under the bus' this Tuesday, it will further complicate Knox's defense during her final appeal at the end of this year.

If Italian prosecutors decide to go forward with litigation against Sollecito for statements in his book, then Amanda Knox may be next.

Sollecito and Knox received large advances from their books. Sollecito received a million dollars while Amanda Knox received close to four million dollars.

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