Kercher family lawyer hails reopening of murder case

Maresca says sentence will help get to 'definitive truth'

Kercher family lawyer hails reopening of murder case

(see related story) Rome, March 26 - The Italian lawyer representing the family of murdered British student Meredith Kercher said Tuesday's ruling that scraps the acquittals of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito will help to get to the "final, definitive truth" about the case. The supreme Court of Cassation overturned the 2011 decision of Perugia's appeals court, which had squashed the 26-year and 25-year sentences Knox and Sollecito were handed respectively at the original trial in 2009. Rudy Guede, now 26, a native of the African nation of Ivory Coast, is in prison after being convicted separately and sentenced to 16 years in jail for killing Kercher, who was 21. "This decision will help to get to the final, definitive truth about Meredith's murder," said Francesco Maresca, the Kerchers' lawyer. "There were other people with Guede. The judges will say who they are. "I was confident. The Cassation is well known for its preparation on points of law. "I was confident because there were many faults in the appeals ruling. This is a trial victory and a moral victory".

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