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Amanda Knox: Heads held high over 'wrong accusations'

In a statement, Amanda Knox added that the prosecutors' theory of her involvement in the murder is "completely unfounded and unfair".

No matter what happens, my family and I will face this continuing legal battle as we always have, confident in the truth and with our heads held high in the face of wrongful accusations and unreasonable adversity.

– Amanda Knox

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Amanda Knox not compelled to return for a retrial

  • Italian law cannot compel Amanda Knox to return from the US for the new trial
  • The court could declare her in contempt, but that carries no additional penalties
  • It is unclear what will happen if she is convicted in a new appeals trial, but Italy can seek her extradition
  • It would then be up to the United States to decide if it honors the request
  • US and Italian authorities could also come to a deal that would keep Knox in the United States
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New Knox trial to be held at a court in Florence

  • Last year, prosecutors filed a motion to appeal against the acquittals, calling the verdicts "contradictory and illogical"
  • Italy's top appeal court examined whether there were irregularities which gave grounds for a retrial, rather than assessing the details of the case
  • Knox returned to her Seattle-area home after she was released from prison in Italy and had been scheduled to speak publicly about the trial for the first time on American television in April
  • The new trial will be held before a court in Florence

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Another twist in long-running Kercher murder case

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.

Meredith Kercher was found dead in November 2007 in her bedroom in Italy. Credit: Family Handout

Prosecutors accused Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito of assaulting and killing Kercher in 2007.

They were initially found guilty and sentenced to 26 and 25 years in prison respectively.

In 2011, their convictions were overturned and they were released after serving four years.

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Retrial ordered after court hears six hours of arguments

The court heard six hours of arguments yesterday and spent several hours deliberating that - and a handful of other cases - before announcing it would issue a decision this morning.

An Italian judge has ordered that Amanda Knox is to face a retrial. Credit: Federici/LaPresse/Empics Entertainment

Italian prosecutors asked the high court to throw out the acquittal in the murder of 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher.

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