Friday, October 4, 2013

Amanda Knox: Retrial. Friday October 4, 2013. Her trial takes a "surreal turn" when a convicted mafia gangster tells court that her brother was responsible for the murder of Meredith Kercher; Next hearing: November 6, 2013; The Guardian.

STORY:  "Amanda Knox retrial: mafia gangster claims brother was the killer," by reporter Tom Kington,  published by the Guardian on October 4, 2013;

GIST:  "The new trial of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of the British student Meredith Kercher took a surreal turn on Friday when a convicted mafia gangster told a court that her brother was responsible for the death in 2007. Lucia Aviello, who first made her claims in court in 2011, said: "I totally confirm the accusations against my brother Antonio, who is guilty. It wasn't Amanda or Raffaele. I am proud that two innocent kids have left prison."......In June 2011 a fellow inmate of Aviello's called by the prosecution said Aviello had told him she had been offered €70,000 (£59,000) by Giulia Bongiorno, one of Sollecito's lawyers, to invent the story. Cosimo Zaccari, who was then in jail for fraud, libel, criminal conspiracy and receiving stolen goods, told the court Aviello had confided in him that "I was contacted to create confusion in the trial".  Alexander Ilicet, who shared a cell with Aviello, also testified, stating that Aviello had boasted of being offered €158,000 by Bongiorno, which Aviello planned to use for a sex change. In court on Friday, Aviello denied she had been paid to make her claims.........On Friday, Nencini called Aviello's testimony "one of the mysteries" of the Kercher case. He also appointed police experts who carried out DNA tests on a knife suspected of being the murder weapon, on which other traces have already been found and attributed by prosecutors to Knox and Kercher. A new trace which will be analysed was only discovered by appeal-court-appointed experts and never tested. The next hearing in the trial will be held on 6 November."


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