Raffaele Sollecito reaffirms his innocence ahead of Meredith Kercher retrial in exclusive interview on ITV's Daybreak.
Amanda Knox has revealed her desire to pay her respects at the grave of murdered British student Meredith Kercher in her first TV interview.
Italy's top court ordered a retrial of Amanda Knox and former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito in the murder of UK student Meredith Kercher.
The lawyer representing Amanda Knox's former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito has said she will demand new scientific tests on the crime scene to help demonstrate her client's innocence.
– GIULIA BONGIORNO, lawyer for RAFFAELE SOLLECITO
The room is the crime scene and seeing as that room was filled with traces of Rudy Guede and the victim and as the prosecution have said that Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito cleaned that room we demand further forensic tests to see if this selective cleansing is possible.
Would it have been possible for Raffaele and Amanda to just be able to clean away their fingerprints? ...
We have made a series of requests as you have heard, which are based on the fact that we are absolutely sure that Raffaele Sollecito had nothing to do with this.
Ivory Coast-born Rudy Guede is currently serving a 16-year sentence for Meredith Kercher's murder.
The bar owner who was falsely accused by Amanda Knox of murdering Meredith Kercher was present in court today.
Patrick Lumumba said he was there to "reiterate that Amanda [Knox] is guilty" and said he hopes she goes back to prison.
The Florence court rejected a motion by Knox's lawyers to exclude Lumumba from the new appeals trial as a civil participant, a status that allows him to seek further damages.
His lawyer says Lumumba is owed more than 103,000 euros (£86,000) in legal fees.
The family of murdered Meredith Kercher have sent a veiled request to Amanda Knox not to visit the British student's grave, as the American prepares to face a retrial.
Knox, who was found guilty of murder in 2009 but was later acquitted in 2011, told ITV's Daybreak it would be "closure" if the Kercher's family took her to the grave.
However, a family statement released yesterday said: "It took us as a family nearly five years to even begin to feel ready to lay Mez to rest and it is still extremely painful now.
"However, she now has a place near to us that we and her friends can visit to take flowers and spend time…her grave is now her safe place to sleep in peace and be with us and we hope that is respected by all."
The retrial of Amanda Knox over the murder of British student Meredith Kercher will start today.
The American and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were found guilty of murder in 2009 but were acquitted on appeal two years later.
Ms Knox, who will not be in court for the retrial, spent four years in prison before her acquittal and has always maintained her innocence in the case.
Italy's Supreme Court ordered a retrial after criticising the appeals court for dismissing DNA evidence.
In an exclusive interview Amanda Knox told Daybreak she hoped Meredith Kercher's family could "eventually take into consideration even the possibility of my innocence".
She said: "I want them to understand that Meredith really was my friend, she was very kind to me and I had nothing to do with her murder.
"I am truly innocent and I truly believe that the only way that any of us are going to be able to heal from any of this is if we come together and acknowledge the pain that we have all gone through."
The 26-year-old American said she was trying to rebuild her life after the "ultimate nightmare" of being wrongfully convicted and imprisoned over the killing of Leeds University student Ms Kercher in November 2007.
She said: "I have not been able to have the kind of contact with them and to be able to confront closure as far as grieving for Meredith's death, and that's what I have envisioned would be the greatest closure is for them to be willing to take me to her grave."
In an exclusive interview Amanda Knox told Daybreak it was "so scary to have to go through this again" after she was called for a retrial over the murder of British student Meredith Kercher.
The 26-year-old American, who has always maintained her innocence, confirmed she would not return to Italy for the new trial.
In an exclusive interview Amanda Knox told Daybreak she would face a lie detector test to prove she was not involved in the killing of British student Meredith Kercher.
The 26-year-old American said she was trying to rebuild her life after the "ultimate nightmare" of being wrongfully convicted and imprisoned over the killing of the student in November 2007.
Ms Knox, who has always maintained her innocence, said: "A lie detector test, I would be fine with that."
In an exclusive interview, Amanda Knox told Daybreak a retrial in Italy over the murder of British student Meredith Kercher was "everything to fear".
Knox, who has always maintained her innocence, confirmed she would not return to Italy for the new trial.
She said: "I have plenty to fear because I was already imprisoned wrongfully. I was already convicted wrongfully.
"This is everything to fear. This, as an innocent person, is the ultimate nightmare."
In an exclusive interview Amanda Knox has told Daybreak that she does not regret her behaviour at the time of the killing of Meredith Kercher the Italian authorities have repeatedly questioned pictures of her kissing her then boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito.
Knox told Daybreak US Correspondent Lucy Watson: "I can't look back on myself, when I was a kid, and I was doing the best I could and say that I was the one who made the mistake."
Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were found guilty in 2009, but acquitted on appeal in 2011, Italian authorities are now starting another trial, due to start later this month.
Knox maintains her innocence.
Read more on the Daybreak website.
In an exclusive interview, Amanda Knox has told Daybreak she is "not the person the prosecution says I am."
She said: "I think that an idea of an evil person has been on trial, this trial shouldn't be a trial of character, that's irrelevant."
And she told Daybreak US Correspondent Lucy Watson that she would not be returning to Italy to face the retrial:
Knox is facing a retrial after she was acquitted of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher and maintains her innocence.
Read more on the Daybreak website.