Amanda Knox, the American student in Italy, who in 2009, was
convicted of the murder of Meredith Kercher, and later acquitted, has
been ordered to return to Italy to face a retrial.
stunning development, the Court of Cassation, Italy’s final court of
appeal, has overturned her acquittal of the 2007 murder.
The New York Times reported that the announcement was greeted by “a shocked silence in the courtroom here.”
Knox, who now attends the University of Washington in Seattle and had
expressed hope that the ordeal was behind her, said through a spokesman
that the news of her resurrected prosecution was “painful.”‘
boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, was also found guilty of the murder in
2009, and had his conviction overturned by appeal. That acquittal has
been overturned, as well.
The jury upheld Knox’s calunnia conviction
for falsely accusing bar owner Patrick Lumumba of committing the
murder, but that sentence of three years, she has already served.
excuse for falsely accusing Lumumba was that “after a long and grueling
interrogation, she yielded to police demands by describing an imaginary
dream or vision. In this vision, she was in the kitchen covering her
ears to block out screams while the man she worked for, Patrick Lumumba,
was in Meredith’s bedroom. It was completely untrue, but it was what
the police wanted to hear.”
What she never explained was why the
Italian police would want to incriminate Lumumba, and why they let him
go after 13 days when he was completely cleared of wrongdoing.
Court of Cassation’s ruling means that the case against Ms. Knox and
her former boyfriend will be reheard at a new appeals court in Florence
either later this year or in 2014.
Amanda Knox was often portrayed by the American media as an innocent victim of a witch hunt; but the evidence against her was overwhelming.