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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.
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.
Amanda Knox's legal team says it fully expects her to be proved innocent at retrial.
Speaking to NBC's Today show, Theodore Simon says nothing has changed and insisted "there was no evidence before, and there is no evidence now".
Watch the interview in full from NBC News.
Speaking to American breakfast show, Good Morning America, Amanda Knox's lawyer said:
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.
Raffaele Sollecito says he is "disappointed" that his acquittal has been overturned in Italy.
Speaking to the Italian news agency, ANSA, Lawyer, Luca Mauri said: "Today is his birthday, he's 29. He shouldn't be disappointed because he's innocent. He thought the end could be coming to this affair".
- 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
Speaking to ITV News from the family home in Coulsdon in south London, Meredith Kercher's sister Stephanie said: