2013年4月2日火曜日

Amanda Knox Acquittal Overturned

Amanda Knoxの最高裁判決は審理差戻しだった。
 伊中部ペルージャで2007年、米国人元女子留学生アマンダ・ノックス
さん(25)が交際相手と共謀してルームメートを殺害したとされる事件で、
伊最高裁に当たる破棄院は、ノックスさんらに逆転無罪を言い渡した二審
判決を破棄、審理差し戻しを命じた。

Amanda Knox
2009年 一審で禁錮26年。
2011年 二審無罪判決。
2013年 最高裁は差戻し。

Meredith Kercher Trust
The Meredith Kercher Fund

Amanda Knoxは、再審の際は、伊に渡航する必要はないが、要請があった
場合や、有罪判決を受けた際は、出頭する必要があり、出頭しない場合、
伊が米国に対して、引渡し要請をする。
米憲法の修正5条(二重の危険)では、裁判で一度無罪となった被告を同一
の罪で再び裁くことはできないため、米国内法の原則に基づき、引渡し
を拒否できる。
2011年には、米伊間に犯罪人引渡し条約がない。

Amanda Knoxは、最高裁判決の際、法廷に出席をしなかった。
姉のStephanie Kercherも出席せず、英国にいた。

破棄院(伊最高裁)は、伊法律に基づいて、証拠の審理をせず、手続きや
技術的精度を問題視し、審理差戻しとのこと。

Kercher家では、Amandaと元彼のRaffaele Sollecitoが殺人犯で、裁判所
の判決がおかしいと考えているようだ。

高裁で有罪となり、米国務省が引渡し拒否をした場合、Amandaは、米国
から出れないし、航空機での移動も難しいと思う。殺人で有罪なら、ICPO
から赤手配(国際逮捕手配書)となり、多くの国を訪問できないかもしれない。
次回の高裁再審理は時期は未定。

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---伊の英留学生殺人事件、米女性の無罪破棄 伊最高裁---
2013.03.27 Wed posted at 09:42 JST
http://www.cnn.co.jp/world/35030013.html

 ローマ(CNN) 2007年にイタリア中部ペルージャで起きた英留学生殺人事件で、イタリア最高裁は26日、ルームメイトだった米国人女性アマンダ・ノックス被告に無罪を言い渡した二審判決を破棄し、審理のやり直しを命じた。被告は一審で有罪とされたが、11年に控訴審で逆転無罪を言い渡されていた。
 控訴審では、ノックス被告と元交際相手のイタリア人男性が「証拠不十分」を理由に無罪判決を受けた。検察側は判決後も、2人が犯人との確信があるとの主張を維持。最高裁は今回、この男性についても審理のやり直しを命じた。
 ノックス被告は11年の釈放後に帰国し、出身地の米シアトルでワシントン大学に通っている。再審のために出廷を命じられる可能性があり、本人が拒否した場合はイタリア政府が米政府に引き渡しを求めることも考えられる。
 だが専門家らによると、米政府は、「裁判で一度無罪となった被告を同一の罪で再び裁くことはできない」という米国法の原則に基づき、引き渡しを拒否することができるという。
 事件では、英国人留学生のメレディス・ケルヒャーさんが自宅で首を切られ、半裸の状態で死んでいるのが見つかった。警察は、ケルヒャーさんのルームメートで米国から留学していたノックス被告と、当時の交際相手を逮捕。2人は2年後に殺人罪で有罪となり、4年間にわたって収監された。
 この経験を振り返ったノックス被告の回顧録が、来月発売されることになっている。


---米元留学生の無罪取り消し=ルームメート殺害事件-伊最高裁---
2013/03/26-21:21
http://www.jiji.com/jc/c?g=int_30&k=2013032601027

 【ジュネーブ時事】イタリア中部ペルージャで2007年、米国人元女子留学生アマンダ・ノックスさん(25)が交際相手と共謀してルームメートを殺害したとされる事件で、イタリア最高裁に当たる破棄院は26日、ノックスさんらに逆転無罪を言い渡した二審判決を破棄、審理差し戻しを命じた。
 09年の一審でノックスさんは禁錮26年、交際相手だったイタリア人男性は同25年の実刑判決を受けた。11年の二審無罪判決で自由の身となったが、今回の差し戻し審で再び有罪になる可能性が出てきた。
 事件は07年11月、ノックスさんの下宿先でルームメートの英国人留学生の女性=当時(21)=が刃物で喉を深く切られ、半裸姿で上半身約50カ所を刺されて死亡しているのが見つかった。性的暴行を受けた形跡もあり、検察はノックスさんらが薬物を摂取した上、性行為に加わるのを拒んだルームメートに逆上して殺害したとして殺人罪で起訴した。


---Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito face retrial over Meredith Kercher murder---
Lizzy Davies in Rome
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 26 March 2013 13.37 GMT
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/26/amanda-knox-retrial-meredith-kercher-murder

Italian court overturns Knox and Sollecito acquittals, ordering fresh trials over death of British student

Italy's highest appeal court has ordered a fresh trial in the case of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher, overturning the acquittals of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito and paving the way for a potential extradition tussle between Italy and the US.

In a ruling, which came more than five years after the 21-year-old from Surrey was found dead in the university town of Perugia, the court of cassation quashed the acquittals handed down by an appeals court in 2011. Its decision was not based on the presumed guilt or innocence of Knox or Sollecito, but was intended to hinge solely on whether or not the appellate trial had been properly conducted.

The new trial, which will be held at Florence's court of appeal, will be a repeat of the appeal trial held in Perugia in 2011.

The move came after prosecutors had argued that the court that acquitted Knox, 25, and Sollecito, who turns 29 on Tuesday, had "lost its bearings" in the case and had erred in numerous ways, including insufficient forensic evidence tests.

The court had heard six hours of arguments from both prosecutors arguing for the case to be reopened and their defence lawyers insisting the pair had been rightly cleared two years ago.

Neither Knox nor Sollecito was in court to watch the proceedings. The Kercher family did not attend, but Sollecito's father, Francesco, was present on Monday.

Within minutes of the ruling, Knox issued a statement condemning the arguments on which it appeared to be based as "unfounded and unfair".

"It was painful to receive the news that the Italian supreme court decided to send my case back for revision when the prosecution's theory of my involvement in Meredith's murder has been repeatedly revealed to be completely unfounded and unfair," Knox added.

"I believe that any questions as to my innocence must be examined by an objective investigation and a capable prosecution. The prosecution responsible for the many discrepancies in their work must be made to answer for them, for Raffaele's sake, my sake, and most especially for the sake of Meredith's family.

"Our hearts go out to them. 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."

Franceso Maresca, the Kercher family lawyer, said he had spoken to Stephanie Kercher, Meredith's older sister, who he said was "very happy and satisfied" with the ruling. The family would continue to try to "get to the bottom" of the case, he added.

The ruling by the panel of five judges paves the way for future friction between Italy and US over Knox's fate. Since returning to her home city of Seattle in autumn 2011, she has enrolled at the University of Washington, found a new boyfriend and written her memoirs, clinched in a deal reportedly worth $4m.

Although she will not have to be present for the Florence retrial, her lawyer, Carlo Dalla Vedova, said Italy could request her extradition if she were convicted a second time. It would then be up to the US to decide whether to agree to the move, something some observers say is unlikely.

Giulia Bongiorno, defence lawyer for Sollecito, told Italian television channel Sky TG24: "As today is his birthday I would have liked to tell him that this affair was over … and to give him this joy. Quashing an acquittal does not imply a belief that the accused are guilty but indicates a desire by the judges of the court of cassation to request further analysis."

Kercher, a University of Leeds student on a year abroad in the historic town of Perugia, was found dead in a pool of blood in her bedroom on 2 November 2007, partially clothed and with her throat slashed.

In October 2008, Rudy Guede, from the Ivory Coast, was found guilty of sexually assaulting and murdering Kercher, and is serving a reduced sentence of 16 years in prison.

In December 2009, after a separate trial, Knox and Sollecito were also convicted of the killing and were sentenced to 26 and 25 years in jail respectively.

After four years in prison, the pair were acquitted in a dramatic ruling in October 2011. The court found that DNA evidence used to convict them had been unreliable. Four months later, prosecutors lodged an appeal in which they claimed the verdict contained numerous omissions.


---Meredith Kercher family welcomes Amanda Knox retrial---
By Tom Kington, in Rome and Melanie Hall
10:32AM GMT 26 Mar 2013
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/9954098/Meredith-Kercher-family-welcomes-Amanda-Knox-retrial.html

The family of the murdered British student Meredith Kercher has welcomed an Italian court’s decision to order Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend to stand trial again.

 Italy's Supreme Court has overturned the acquittal of Knox and her Italian former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, who were originally sentenced to 26 and 25 years in prison for killing and sexually assaulting Miss Kercher in 2007.

The pair were acquitted on appeal in 2011 after four years in prison, but elder sister Stephanie Kercher said that she and her family were pleased at the court’s decision to overturn the acquittal.

Speaking from Coulsdon in Surrey, she said: "There are obviously a lot of unanswered questions still, so we just hope that the outcome will answer those.

"All that we want is justice for Mez, but there is still a long journey ahead of us. But it’s making sure that we find out exactly what did happen that night.

"Nothing’s going to bring her back. We know that, but we have to do what we can for her as well."
 She said a trust set up in her sister's name, which is helping to pay legal costs in the case, would eventually support people who found themselves in a similar situation.

She added: "We’ve set up the Meredith Kercher Trust to help with Meredith’s case, but with the view that I’m going to convert it to a charity to help other people once our case is closed. Just people in our situation really.

"On the back of depending what interest I get with it will determine how I can best help other people.

"But I think one thing that has come out of it for us is we don’t actually have any financial support from anyone at all, so it is literally all paid for by ourselves. I think if there’s any way we could help anyone else in that situation it would help.

“It’s about doing something a bit more positive. I think Mez always liked to help other people so if I can do something for her then that’s what I’ll do."

 Seattle-born student Knox and Sollecito, her former boyfriend, were convicted for murdering Leeds University student Kercher, 21, who was found half naked in a pool of blood in the house in Perugia she shared with Knox.

Francesco Maresca, a lawyer representing the Kercher family, said: “I am happy the Supreme court has seen the faults in the acquittal and I trust the next trial will be fair and balanced.”

 Prosecutors challenged the acquittal in Italy’s Supreme Court, as permitted by Italian law, which grants two levels of appeal. Ivory Coast-born drifter Rudy Guede was sentenced to 16 years for his role in the murder in a separate trial.

The prosecution’s appeal, which was backed by Kercher’s family, was upheld after a five-hour hearing on Monday during which prosecutors and lawyers representing Knox and Sollecito battled over key evidence. The six judge panel will release the reasoning behind their verdict at a later date.

Knox and Sollecito will now face a new trial in Florence, although Knox will not need to return to Italy since defendants are not required to be present at their trials.

 Should she be convicted, she could face an extradition request from Italy, which would require the approval of the US government.

Sollecito, who is currently studying robotics in Verona, was “unlikely” to be jailed again in the run-up to the new appeal hearing, said his lawyer Giulia Buongiorno.

At the hearing on Monday, prosecutor Luigi Riello claimed the freeing of the American student was a “violation of the law which must be annulled”.

Under Italian law, Supreme court judges do not hear evidence but check verdicts for any procedural or technical errors.

But what should have been a quick hearing rapidly turned into a hard fought battle, as prosecutors and lawyers ignored protocol to pour over the finer details of the seven-year-old case.

Neither Knox or Sollecito were present in court on Monday although Luciano Ghirga, a lawyer representing Knox, said the US student had texted him to say she was “very nervous” about the hearing.

Maresca said that Kercher’s sister Stephanie had planned to attend the hearing but had stayed in the UK because her mother was unwell.

During the hearing, Maresca claimed the appeal court should not have ordered a fresh review of just two key DNA traces used to convict Knox and Sollecito.

Luca Mauri, Sollecito's Lawyer, told an Italian news agency: "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 review cast doubt of the reliability of the traces, but Maresca told judges all the traces found should have been reconsidered. “You either redo all of them or none,” he said.

Bongiorno, representing Sollecito, said that forensic officers had made “an infinite series of mistakes”, including finding Kercher’s bra clasp - allegedly with traces of Sollecito’s DNA - on the floor of the victim’s bedroom 47 days after the murder.

She told judges the trace was ambiguous and could have belonged to anyone, adding, “you are all in that profile.”


---Amanda Knox acquittal thrown out in Italy; retrial ordered---
By Tom Kington
March 26, 2013, 3:33 a.m.
http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-amanda-knox-acquittal-thrown-out-retrial-ordered-20130326,0,7203351.story

ROME -- Italy’s highest court Tuesday ordered Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito to stand trial again for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher in 2007, overturning their acquittals.

The Seattle-born Knox and Sollecito, her former boyfriend, were convicted in 2009 of murdering fellow student Kercher, 21, who was found half-naked in a pool of blood in the house in Perugia that she shared with Knox. The convictions were overturned in 2011 on grounds of a lack of sound evidence and motivation. The case has attracted international attention.

"Amanda is very sad at this news but is strong and ready to fight on," Carlo dalla Vedova, a lawyer representing Knox, said after he had spoken to her in Seattle immediately after the ruling. "She thought the nightmare was over, but was ready for this after the discussion in the Supreme Court went on longer than predicted. This means further harassment, but she's ready to fight."

Francesco Maresca, a lawyer representing the Kercher family, said: "I am happy the Supreme Court has seen the faults in the acquittal, and I trust the next trial will be fair and balanced."

The six-judge panel did not immediately release the reasoning behind its decision Tuesday. With the acquittal annulled, a retrial is set to be held, again in Florence, possibly by the end of the year or in 2014.

"This is very heavy psychologically for Amanda," said Dalla Vedova. "She told me she wanted to return to Italy. She loves this country, but she probably will not come now."

Supreme Court judges were due to rule on Monday evening but put off the verdict, citing the complexity of the case. “This was an extremely rare” delay, said Guilia Buongiorno, a lawyer representing Sollecito.

Knox and Sollecito spent four years in prison before their acquittal on appeal in 2011. In a separate trial, Ivory Coast-born Rudy Guede was sentenced to 16 years in prison for his role in the slaying.

Prosecutors challenged the acquittals of Knox and Sollecito in the Supreme Court, as permitted by Italian law, which grants two levels of appeal. The prosecution’s petition, which was backed by Kercher’s family, was upheld after a five-hour hearing Monday during which prosecutors and lawyers representing Knox and Sollecito battled over key evidence.

The court is expected to issue an explanation of its decision at a later date.

Knox will not need to return to Italy for the new trial because defendants in Italy are not required to be present. Should she be convicted, however, Italy could lodge a request for Knox's extradition with the U.S. government, said Dalla Vedova.

Sollecito, who is currently studying robotics in Verona, Italy, was “unlikely” to be jailed again in the run-up to the retrial, said Buongiorno.

At the hearing Monday, prosecutor Luigi Riello said that freeing Knox was a “violation of the law which must be annulled.”

"I believe all the premises are there to make sure the final curtain does not drop on this shocking and dire crime," he told the judges.

Under Italian law, Supreme Court judges do not hear evidence but check verdicts for any procedural or technical errors. But what should have been a quick hearing rapidly turned into a hard-fought battle, as prosecutors and lawyers ignored protocol to pour over the finer details of the 7-year-old case.

Buongiorno said it was possible that the judges had found fault with just one aspect of the appellate ruling that had freed Knox and Sollecito. “As such, when the case returns to the appeals stage, the court may be asked to consider just that aspect, rather than restaging the entire appeal. We will have to wait for the judges’ motivations to be released to find out,” she said.


---Italian court to rule on Amanda Knox retrial---
26 March 2013 Last updated at 01:10 GMT
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21921883

Italy's highest court is due to decide whether US student Amanda Knox should be retried over the 2007 killing of her British flatmate Meredith Kercher.

Prosecutors are arguing that the acquittal of Miss Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito on appeal in October 2011 was flawed.

The pair spent four years in jail for Miss Kercher's murder, but have always denied any involvement in the murder.

Judges are expected to deliver a verdict on Tuesday.

The verdict had been expected on Monday, but after hearing six hours of evidence the court said it would make the announcement at 10:00 (09:00 GMT) on Tuesday.

The judges at Monday's hearing were considering points of law rather than the evidence.

The killing of the 21-year-old student in Perugia in November 2007 and the subsequent trials made headlines around the world.

Miss Knox and Mr Sollecito had been facing 26-year and 25-year jail terms respectively following their initial convictions in 2009.

But they were acquitted after the defence successfully argued that DNA evidence on a kitchen knife, thought to be the murder weapon, could be flawed.

Miss Knox, who now lives in her home town of Seattle, was "very anxious" about the latest hearing, according to her Italian lawyer.

"She would love to come back to Italy as an innocent and free person," said Luciano Ghirga.

If the court upholds the October 2011 verdict, this protracted case will finally be over and Miss Knox and Mr Sollecito will have their innocence confirmed in the eyes of the law, the BBC's Alan Johnston reports from Rome.

However, if the court rules against the verdict, a new appeals process would be reordered, meaning there would be a retrial, he adds.

One of Mr Sollecito's lawyers, Giulia Bongiorno, said the delay in the court's decision was "very hard to interpret".

"This sort of thing is very rare at the Supreme Court," Ms Bongiorno said, according to the AFP news agency.
'Unanswered questions'

Meredith Kercher, from Coulsdon, south London, had been on a year abroad from Leeds University when she was found semi-naked in her bedroom and with her throat cut in the cottage she shared with Miss Knox in November 2007.

She had also been sexually assaulted, leading prosecutors to believe she was killed in a brutal sex game that went wrong.

Ivory Coast national Rudy Guede was convicted in a separate trial of sexually assaulting and stabbing Meredith Kercher and sentenced to 16 years in prison. He has admitted being at the house on the night of the murder, but denies murder.

Prosecution evidence of Miss Knox's DNA on the handle of the alleged murder weapon, and Miss Kercher's DNA on the blade of the knife, which was found at Mr Sollecito's flat, had been key to the original convictions of Miss Knox and Mr Sollecito.

But the appeal in October 2011 heard an independent review cast doubt over those DNA traces due to concerns about poor procedures in evidence collection and forensic testing and the possibility of contamination.

Prosecutors argue that the October 2011 acquittals failed to take into account other key evidence against Miss Knox and Mr Sollecito.

Meredith Kercher's family told British media this week that they hope the latest hearing will provide some answers to the "many unanswered questions" about her brutal killing.

Neither Miss Knox, who is preparing to publish her memoirs, and Mr Sollecito, a student in Verona, are expected to attend the hearing.


---Italy’s Highest Court Overturns Acquittal of Amanda Knox---
By ELISABETTA POVOLEDO
Published: March 26, 2013
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/27/world/europe/amanda-knox-retrial-ruling.html?_r=0

ROME - Italy’s highest court on Tuesday ordered a new trial in the sensational case of Amanda Knox, an American student accused of murdering her 21-year-old roommate, Meredith Kercher of Britain, in 2007.

 The judges’ announcement that an earlier acquittal had been overturned was greeted by a shocked silence in the courtroom here.

The ruling, by the Court of Cassation, means that the case against Ms. Knox, 25, and a former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, 29, will be reheard at a new appeals court in Florence either later this year or in early 2014. The two were initially convicted in 2009 in a trial that divided public opinion internationally, but were acquitted by an appeals court jury 18 months ago. Prosecutors and lawyers for Ms. Kercher’s family then challenged the acquittal, a step that is permitted under Italian law.

Ms. Knox, a student at the University of Washington, stayed up till 2 a.m. in Seattle waiting for the outcome, said her lawyer, Carlo Dalla Vedova. “She was sad,” he said. “She believed the nightmare was over.”

The decision opened a further tangled and dramatic chapter in a long-running case whose youthful protagonists, sometimes-lurid detail and courtroom spectacle have fascinated many people in the United States, Britain and the rest of Europe.

But it also highlighted the divide between the legal systems of Italy and the United States, where defendants cannot be tried twice for the same crime after an acquittal or a conviction. Ms. Knox’s lawyer said she was unlikely to appear for a new trial, but she could be tried in absentia. The Italian authorities could seek to extradite her only if her conviction was upheld in the new trial and confirmed by the Court of Cassation, whose decisions are final.

The Court of Cassation rules on questions of procedure, not on the merits of a case or the presumption of guilt or innocence.

At the time of the killing, Ms. Kercher and Ms. Knox were living in Perugia, north of Rome. Ms. Kercher, an exchange student at the University of Perugia, was killed in her bedroom on the night of Nov. 1, 2007. Her half-naked body was found under a duvet, her throat slit.

Ms. Knox, then a 20-year-old University of Washington student, and Mr. Sollecito, then 23, were arrested days later and convicted of murder in December 2009 in a lower court in Perugia in a case built largely on DNA evidence. Prosecutors had argued that Ms. Kercher had been the reluctant victim of a drug-fueled game of rough sex gone awry, involving Ms. Knox, Mr. Sollecito and a second man, Rudy Guede, an Ivorian living in Perugia, who was tried separately and sentenced to 16 years. Ms. Knox and Mr. Sollecito were each sentenced to 25 years in prison for the crime, and Ms. Knox received an extra year for slander after she falsely accused another man of committing the murder.

But questions were raised during the appeal about the quality of the forensic evidence, as well as the reliability of some witnesses, and the prosecutors’ theory of the crime.

The convictions were overturned on appeal, and the two were released in October 2011, but last year prosecutors filed an appeal with the Court of Cassation. Ms. Knox’s lawyers appealed the charge of defamation, but the ruling on Tuesday upheld it.

In a statement issued by her media advisers within minutes of the announcement, Ms. Knox said it was “painful” to receive the court’s ruling “when the prosecution’s theory of my involvement in Meredith’s murder has been repeatedly revealed to be completely unfounded and unfair.”

Mr. Dalla Vedova said that the legal reasoning for ordering a new trial was expected from the Court of Cassation within 90 days, and that at that point, lawyers would learn “which points of the case will have to be re-examined” in the new appeals trial. “The trial starts from zero,” he said, “and after we see the decisions we will know whether certain witnesses have to be recalled, or evidence retested.”

If the new appeals court upholds the previous conviction and the Court of Cassation confirms it, Mr. Dalla Vedova said, Ms. Knox will have to serve out her sentence. The lawyer said Italian authorities would have to authorize an extradition request and the United States Justice Department would have to approve it.

In Italy, defendants can be tried more than once for the same crime, so protections against double jeopardy do not exist. There is no final ruling in any case until the Court of Cassation has signed off on it, Mr. Dalla Vedova said.

Giulia Bongiorno, a lawyer representing Mr. Sollecito, said in a telephone interview: “The battle continues. In this trial we always had to climb up the mountain.”

A lawyer for the Kercher family, Francesco Maresca, was jubilant.

“This is marvelous,” he said. “I had faith in the Court of Cassation. I was sure it would annul the acquittal.”

Mr. Maresca said the Kercher family had not traveled to Rome for the latest hearings because Arline Kercher, the victim’s mother, was unwell. In a statement, Stephanie Kercher, the victim’s sister, said there were still many unanswered questions. “Understanding the truth about what happened that night is all that we can do for her,” she said. As a family, “we still have a long trip ahead of us, but it is the only one that will allow Meredith to rest in peace.”

HarperCollins said it still planned to publish Ms. Knox’s book, “Waiting to Be Heard,” as planned on April 30 and was moving ahead with scheduled TV interviews.

From the start, the case drew intense media coverage. In the United States, the news media frequently portrayed Ms. Knox as a naive American wrongly caught up in the morass of a dysfunctional Italian legal system. British newspapers covered the case obsessively at every twist and turn, often from the point of view of the anguished Kercher family.

Mr. Sollecito has been living in Verona, Italy, where he is getting a degree in computer engineering. He did not come to the hearing. “He didn’t want to get caught up in this mob scene, he didn’t want to be here,” his father, Francesco Sollecito, said Monday at the courthouse. On Tuesday, a reporter from Italian Sky TG24 television managed to reach the younger Mr. Sollecito on the telephone. “Right now, I can’t talk,” he said in a shaky voice. “I am sorry, have a good day.”

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