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Amanda Knox's former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito: We are victims

Raffaele Sollecito says he is a victim of "unfair" legal proceedings Photo: ITV Daybreak

The former boyfriend of Amanda Knox told ITV's Daybreak in his first British TV interview that the couple are "victims", after a retrial was ordered into the 2007 killing of British student Meredith Kercher.

Raffaele Sollecito, who has launched a Facebook appeal to help meet spiralling legal costs, denied he was involved in Kercher's death in the Italian city of Perugia.

"I feel very bad for Meredith's family because she didn't deserve anything like that, but I'm not responsible for that," said the 29-year-old.

"Meredith was the first victim of these hideous facts, but we are other victims."

Knox and Sollecito have both written books since their release in 2011 Credit: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Italy's Supreme Court last week ruled Knox and Sollecito, who were freed on appeal in 2011, must face a retrial, although Knox is set to stay in America.

"It's not about facing the nightmare again together, because we are no longer together as a couple. We are friends," said Sollecito.

"All these unfair things are happening in Italy, and I'm Italian and she's American. That's the difference. She has a more normal life (than me) at the moment."

Ivorian drifter Rudy Guede was jailed for Kercher's murder in a separate trial in 2008.