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Sollecito refuses to comment about murder retrial

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 00:31

March 27 - Raffaele Sollecito, seen for the first time since Italy's top court ordered a retrial in Meredith Kercher's murder case, refuses to comment and asks reporters to leave him alone. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Raffaele Sollecito, accused by Italian prosecutors of killing British student Meredith Kercher in 2007, was intercepted by Italian media on Wednesday (March 27) the day after Italy's top court re-opened the case against him. Sollecito and former girlfriend Amanda Knox were initially found guilty in 2009 and sentenced to 26 and 25 years in prison respectively after a trial that grabbed headlines around the world. In 2011, their convictions were quashed after forensic experts challenged evidence in the original trial, prompting accusations of a botched police investigation and leaving many aspects of the killing unexplained. They were released after four years in prison and Knox returned to her family home near Seattle immediately afterwards. Kercher's half-naked body, with more than 40 wounds and a deep gash in the throat, was found in the apartment she shared with Knox in Perugia, where both were studying during a year abroad in 2007. Italian television cameras managed to film Sollecito in the northern Italian city of Verona on Wednesday, where he studies computer engineering at university. "I have got nothing to say. Please. Please, go away. I have nothing to declare," he told journalists. On Tuesday (March 26), the Italian Court of Cassation overturned the acquittal and accepted a request for a retrial from prosecutors and Kercher family lawyers who had criticised the earlier ruling as "contradictory and illogical". Unlike law in the United States and some other countries, the Italian system does not contain so-called "double jeopardy" provisions that prevent a defendant being tried twice for the same offence. The court has not yet provided a full reasoning of its decision and a date has not yet been set for the new trial, which will be held in an appeals court in Florence, rather than Perugia, where the original trials were conducted.

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Sollecito refuses to comment about murder retrial

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 00:31