Meredith's family welcome retrial

Meredith Kercher's family have welcomed the decision by an Italian court to order a retrial for

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Meredith's family welcome retrial

The family of former Leeds student Meredith Kercher say they hope a retrial gives them justice. Yesterday, an Italian court announced that Meredith's housemate Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito will face a retrial for her murder.

Meredith died in 2007 while studying in Italy as part of her degree from Leeds University. Meredith's sister has said she hopes the retrial will clear up some of the confusion they have about what happened to her.

Video: Knox to face re-trial in Kercher case

There has been a dramatic development in the search for the killers of the former Leeds University student Meredith Kercher.

Amanda Knox and her ex boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, who were set free after being cleared by appeal court judges of being the murderers, are to go on trial again. Meredith's family have welcomed the decision and say they have a long journey ahead. Mark Witty reports.

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Six year saga of Meredith Kercher murder

Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito have been ordered to face retrial for the murder of British exchange student Meredith Kercher.

Meredith's body was found in her apartment in Perugia on November 2, 2007. Here are the key events in the six year saga:

  • November 6, 2007: Amanda Knox is arrested along with Raffaele Sollecito, and Diya "Patrick" Lumumba, the owner of a pub Knox occasionally worked. Lumumba released due to lack of evidence.
  • December 6, 2007: Ivory coast national Rudy Guede extradited from Germany and arrested upon arrival in Italy
  • October 28, 2008: Judge indicts Knox and Sollecito on murder and sexual assault charges. Guede convicted of murder and sexual assault and sentenced to 30 years
  • December 4, 2009: Knox and Sollecito found guilty of murder and sexual assualt, sentenced to 25 years.
  • November 24, 2010: Appeal trials for Knox and Sollecito open
  • June 29, 2011: Independent forensics report finds much of DNA evidence used in trial by prosecution is unreliable
  • October 3, 2011: Knox and Sollecito cleared of the murder of Meredith Kercher.

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How extradition requests work between Italy & the US

  • The US and Italy brought an extradition treaty into force in 1984
  • It obliges each country to extradite anyone charged with or convicted of an extraditable offence by a jail sentence of more than one year
  • In this case, Italy must give the US specific documents to show they have "probable cause to believe" that Meredith Kercher was murdered, and Miss Knox committed the offence
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Meredith's sister 'hopes to find answers' from retrial

Speaking to ITV News from the family home in Coulsdon in south London, Meredith Kercher's sister Stephanie said:

We welcome the news in the sense that we hope to find the answers. We are never going to be happy about any outcome because we have still lost Meredith but we obviously support the decision and hope to get answers from it.

There are still so many unanswered questions, all we have ever wanted to do is do what we can for Meredith and to find out the truth of what happened that night.

Rudy Guede's conviction was on the basis that there was more than one person there so that is something that needs to be looked into.

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