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Prosecutor says Knox acquittal must be "undone"

Italy's top appeals court prosecutors' appeal in Kercher murder

Prosecutor says Knox acquittal must be "undone"

Rome, March 25 - Justice was somehow lost when the murder convictions of American Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher were overturned, a top prosecutor argued Monday in Italy's highest appeals court. Prosecutor-General Luigi Riello sided with lower appeals court prosecutors in arguing for a retrial in one of the most notorious murder cases in recent Italian history: the slaying of Kercher in November 2007 in the apartment she shared with Knox in the central Italian city of Perugia. "In this trial, justice has lost its way," Riello told the Casstion Court in a case that has drawn intense international interest and debate. Knox, now 25, and Sollecito, now 29, both students along with Kercher, were convicted of her murder in 2009 and served two years in prison before their convictions were overturned in 2011. Neither Knox, who has returned to her family in Seattle, nor Sollecito, who lives in the northern Italian city of Verona, were expected in court Monday as the top judges weighed whether to accept the appeals court prosecutors' demand for a new trial. Riello complained of "a fair amount of snobbery" in the original trial, as well as a disorganization of evidence. The judgement of Perugia's appeals court was "a rare concentration of violations of the law and of a lack of logic and I think (the acquittal decision) must be undone," Riello concluded. Rudy Guede, now 26, a native of the African nation of Ivory Coast, was convicted separately and sentenced to 16 years in jail for killing Kercher, who was 21.

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