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Kercher family still seeking truth

31 January 2014, 17:37

Florence - The family of murdered British student Meredith Kercher said on Friday it was still "on a journey for the truth" after an Italian court reinstated a guilty verdict against Amanda Knox and Raffaelle Sollecito.

Stephanie Kercher, Meredith's sister, told a press conference in Florence that the family may never "really know what happened that night, which is obviously something we'll have to come to terms with".

Sitting alongside her brother, Kyle, she added: "We hope that we are nearer the end so that we can just start to remember Meredith for who she was and draw a line under it, as it were."

Kyle called for Knox to be extradited to Italy from the US, saying it was appropriate "if someone has been found guilty and convicted of a murder, and if an extradition law exists between those two countries".

'Kicking and screaming'

The family were speaking less than 24 hours after the latest dramatic twist in the long-running murder case.

On Thursday night, the Italian court said Knox and Sollecito were responsible for the 2007 murder of Kercher, sentencing the American to 28 years in prison and her former boyfriend to 25 years.

Both maintain their innocence and said they would appeal.

Before the verdict, Knox, who remained in the United States during the latest trial, told the Guardian newspaper she would only be extradited if she was dragged "kicking and screaming" to Italy.

In a statement immediately following the court's dramatic reversal after almost 12 hours of deliberation, Knox said she was "frightened and saddened by this unjust verdict".

Media reports in Italy reported on Friday that Sollecito had been found close to the Austrian and Slovenian borders as police enforced a travel ban against him.

British student Meredith Kercher was found with her throat slit on 2 November 2007 in the cottage she shared with Knox in the mediaeval university town of Perugia where she was on an exchange programme.

Knox and Sollecito were first convicted of the murder in 2009, then acquitted in 2011 on appeal.

The supreme court last year ordered a re-trial, leading to the guilty verdicts issued on Thursday.



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