Amanda Knox Meredith Kercher

March 26, 2013 by  

Amanda Knox Meredith Kercher, Italy’s highest appeal court has ordered a fresh trial in the case of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher, overturning the acquittals of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito and paving the way for a potential extradition tussle between Italy and the US.

In a ruling, which came more than five years after the 21-year-old from Surrey was found dead in the university town of Perugia, the court of cassation quashed the acquittals handed down by an appeals court in 2011. Its decision was not based on the presumed guilt or innocence of Knox or Sollecito, but was intended to hinge solely on whether or not the appellate trial had been properly conducted.

The new trial, which will be held at Florence’s court of appeal, will be a repeat of the appeal trial held in Perugia in 2011.

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