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Court told to jail Knox for life

Italian prosecutors have asked an appeals court to increase Amanda Knox's prison sentence to life for the murder of her British house-mate Meredith Kercher.

In their final arguments, the prosecutors also sought the same sentence for Knox's co-defendant, her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito.

Both had been convicted by a lower court of the 2007 killing in the university town of Perugia, central Italy.

The lower court had sentenced Knox to 26 years and Sollecito to 25 years for the murder. Both defendants deny wrongdoing.

Earlier in Saturday's hearing, Italian prosecutor Manuela Comodi fired back at independent forensic experts who reviewed - and trashed - the DNA evidence used to convict Knox of the murder.

The DNA review found the evidence unreliable and possibly contaminated, significantly weakening the prosecution's case.

Ms Comodi maintained the evidence can stand. Defending the original investigation, she held a bra in court to show how it was cut from Kercher's body.

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