Knox ap­peal hear­ing date in Italy gets green light

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AN Ital­ian court will be­gin hear­ing the ap­peal against the con­vic­tions of Amanda Knox and Raf­faele Sol­lecito, for the mur­der of Bri­tish stu­dent Mered­ith Kercher, on Septem­ber 30.

The Yank and her Ital­ian ex-boyfriend were con­victed in 2009, but ac­quit­ted on ap­peal in 2011.

In March, Italy’s high­est court over­turned both ac­quit­tals.

In 2007 Mered­ith, 21, was found dead in a flat she shared in Peru­gia with Ms Knox.

The Leeds Univer­sity stu­dent had been re­peat­edly stabbed.

The new hear­ings will take place at a court in Florence with both Ms Knox and Mr Sol­lecito main­tain­ing their in­no­cence.

Pros­e­cu­tors say the Bri­tish stu­dent had died in a bru­tal sex game that went wrong.

Ms Knox main­tains that on the night of Mered­ith Kercher’s death she was at Mr Sol­lecito’s flat smok­ing mar­i­juana and watch­ing a movie.

An­other man – Rudy Guede from Ivory Coast – was con­victed in a sep­a­rate trial and en­tenced to 16 years for the killing.

The Ital­ian courts can’t com­pel Ms Knox to re­turn, but they could re­quest her ex­tra­di­tion.

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