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Meredith Kercher family: we are on a journey for truth

By Alex Diaz and Neil Lancefield

The family of murdered British student Meredith Kercher have said they are still on a "journey for the truth" after judges reinstated the convictions of Amanda Knox and Rafaele Sollecito.

Speaking at a Press conference in Florence yesterday, 21-year-old Miss Kercher's brother Lyle and sister Stephanie said they could not draw a line under her death while the process was going on.

They called for Knox to be extradited from the US and declined to comment on reports that Sollecito had been arrested by Italian police close to the Austrian border.

"I think we are still on a journey for the truth and it may be the fact that we don't ever really know what happened that night, which is obviously something we'll have to come to terms with," Stephanie said.

"You can't ever really get to a point where you just start to remember Meredith solely because it is following the case, coming over to Italy and everything associated with it.

"But the verdict has been upheld this time so we hope that... we are nearer the end so that we can just start to remember Meredith for who she was and draw a line under it, as it were."

The victim's brother said that it would be "strange" if the 26-year-old was not extradited.

"If somebody is found guilty and convicted of a murder, and if an extradition law exists between those two countries, then I don't see why they wouldn't", he said.

"I imagine it would set a difficult precedent if a country such as the US didn't choose to go along with laws that they themselves uphold when extraditing convicted criminals from other countries. It probably leaves them in a strange position not to."

Amanda Knox revealed she had written to the Kerchers, but Stephanie said her family did not want to read the letter.

She also revealed that her family did not want to meet Knox, telling reporters: "It's not something that we would want to do at the moment and I can't say that we ever will."

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