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Knox, Sollecito won't attend appeals court Monday

Knox in US, Sollecito studying in Verona

Knox, Sollecito won't attend appeals court Monday

Perugia, March 21 - Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito, who were acquitted in a notorious 2007 murder case in the Umbrian city of Perugia, will wait for the verdict Italy's top appeals court is to announce on Monday in the US and in the Northern Italian town of Verona respectively. Prosecutors are challenging a lower court's acquittal of Knox and her former Italian boyfriend Sollecito, charged in the murder of British student Meredith Kercher, 21, on November 2, 2007. A third man, Rudy Guede, was sentenced to 16 years in prison in the case. Knox and Sollecito were originally convicted of the murder in December 2009 and were respectively sentenced to 26 and 25 years in prison. However, two years later their guilty verdicts were overturned. The victim's family is also participating in the appeal. Sollecito is currently working on a university-studies related project involving the application of robotics to medical surgery in Verona. Knox will likely be waiting for the outcome of the sentence in Seattle. After having finished his university studies and graduated in jail prior to being released, Sollecito went on to specialize in information technology engineering at the University of Verona, his father Francesco Sollecito told ANSA. "He is currently working on a project which involves the practical application of his studies," Sollecito senior said. "It relates to the concrete application that permits the movement of instruments during surgery".

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