BY Staff Reporter | Feb 09, 2015 03:15 PM EST
Amanda Knox was reportedly the prime suspect in the assault and murder of British student Meredith Kercher in 2007.
Although the 27-year-old had previously stated that she would not go back to Italy willingly, if the final trial in the murder case finds Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito guilty, she may have no choice but to face extradition back to Italy, according to Gospel Herald.
“Despite the overwhelming support for Amanda Knox in her home country, under the extradition treaty between the United States and Italy, the United States cannot deny an extradition request from the Italian government simply because Knox is an American citizen located on America soil,” explained Forbes’ Robert Anello.
There had been ongoing support for Amanda Knox as many have criticized the Italian justice system’s handling of the murder case. Many reportedly believed that the Italian press tainted the first trial with “anti-Americanism.”
The prosecution had reportedly stated that a cleanup was made, but supporters of Knox had shared that it’s impossible to clean up evidence against her while leaving Rudy Guede (the third suspect)’s DNA behind, according to VC Post.
Knox and Sollecito were reportedly found guilty during their first trial, but a retrial returned a not-guilty verdict in 2011 due to what was believed to be a flawed original verdict and tainted DNA evidence. Many have remained confused about the two different verdicts and as to why the two people are able to currently walk free as their murder conviction was reportedly reinstated last year.
“I think we simply miss a lot because we don’t pay close enough attention to the underlying cultural differences between legal systems and especially nations. Unfortunately, our response is often inadequate because of that,” Professor Head, who was living and working in Italy during the 2009 Knox trial stated.
Knox has stated that she would be working to prove her innocence in the murder case.
“I’m going to fight this to the very end. It’s not right and it’s not fair,” stated Knox, according to the Christian Times.
She had added that she “expected much better from the Italian justice system as they found me innocent once before.”
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