Meredith Kercher’s 2007 murder in the idyllic hillside town of Perugia is getting its third trial after Italy’s highest court annulled an appellate ruling overturning the 2009 guilty verdicts against Knox and her co-defendant and former boyfriend Sollecito.
Both were convicted in the first trial, and sentenced to 26 years and 25 years, respectively.
Knox was also convicted of slander for falsely blaming Kercher’s murder on a Congolese-born bar owner, Diya “Patrick” Lumumba. Knox’s slander conviction for lying to the police has been upheld by the high court and is still in effect—carrying a fine and a probable prison sentence.
Kercher’s body was found in a pool of blood in her locked bedroom on Nov. 2, 2007. Her throat was slit and there were signs of sexual assault.
Both Knox and Sollecito deny any involvement in the murder, saying they were not in the apartment and that they had no motive to harm Kercher. Knox is currently being tried in absentia and would become a ‘fugitive’ if she fails to return to serve her sentence should she be found guilty.
Knox has said, “In that case, I will become, what do you call it? A fugitive.”
Raoul Weil, a 54-year-old Swiss citizen and former UBS banker who was charged by US authorities five years ago for allegedly helping Americans dodge taxes via secret Swiss bank accounts. Weil agreed to go to the US to face trial after being arrested in Bologna, Italy, where he was vacationing with his wife.
Weil would have been safe in his home country, as Switzerland does not extradite its own citizens to other countries in cases of tax evasion.
When Weil could have been safe in Switzerland, why did he make it so easy for the U.S. to extradite him?
Has a deal been struck?
Is Italy giving up Weil in exchange for getting Knox extradited (should she be convicted of murder)?
And has Weil struck a deal with the U.S. to beat or to minimize the charges against him for his cooperation in being exchanged for Knox.
Weil arrived at the Broward Sheriff’s Office in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Dec. 13, 2013. He was charged with tax fraud and then freed on a $9 million bond.
Maybe Amanda Knox should move to Brazil—or any of the other 159 countries that don’t have extradition treaties with Italy.