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The only person convicted in Italy for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher in 2007 released

The Ivorian Rudy Guede, the only convicted person serving a prison sentence for the 2007 murder of British exchange student Meredith Kercher in the city of Perugia (Italy), he was released this Tuesday, the agency reported ANSA. The inmate was due to leave on January 4, but a judicial decision accelerated the procedure.

Guede, who always insisted on his innocence, received daytime freedom in September 2019. In addition, in 2020 allowed him to do community service instead of the remaining time of the sentence.

Amanda Knox, Kercher’s roommate, and her Italian boyfriend at the time, Raffaele Sollecito, were sentenced to prison for the murder of the young woman, but in 2015 they were definitively acquitted by the Supreme Court of Cassation of Italy.

Knox reacted to Guede’s final departure on his Twitter account, where wrote that now the Ivorian “has the power to tell the truth, to assume responsibility, to stop blaming me for the rape and murder of Meredith Kercher, which a great deal of evidence shows he committed alone. “

“If you really recognized your responsibility, […] would end the murky speculation surrounding this case, would restore my reputation unjustly damaged, and Raffaele’s “, underlined the woman.

Other peculiarities of the case

The sentence that landed Knox and her boyfriend in prison was initially based on DNA evidence that was later challenged, leading to their release.

Meanwhile, samples of Guede’s DNA were found both on Kercher’s body and at the crime scene. The man said he was in shock when the woman’s body was found after meeting her earlier the same night.

Guede fled Italy, but was arrested in Germany several days after the murder.

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