Italy court orders Amanda Knox retrial
Rome, March 26, 2013
Italy's top court on Tuesday overturned the 2011 acquittal of American student Amanda Knox and former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of Briton Meredith Kercher, and ordered a retrial.
The decision by the Court of Cassation adds a further twist to a long-running case whose initial handling was sharply criticised by independent forensic experts.
Prosecutors accused Knox and Sollecito of assaulting and killing Kercher in 2007 and they were initially found guilty and sentenced to 26 and 25 years in prison respectively after a trial that grabbed headlines all over the world.
In 2011, their convictions were overturned and they were released after serving four years in prison. - Reuters