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Raffaele Sollecito: I want to see Amanda Knox again

Raffaele Sollecito hopes to visit his former lover Amanda Knox in the US before Christmas, the Italian said in a magazine interview three weeks after both were cleared of murdering the British student Meredith Kercher.

Ms Knox (24) was whisked back to Seattle with the prospect of lucrative book contracts and TV work.

But Mr Sollecito (27) has until now kept a low profile on his lawyers' advice after their convictions were quashed on 3 October by Perugia's court of appeal.

In the interview published yesterday he revealed he was in constant contact with his former girlfriend. "I'll go to visit Amanda in Seattle; she invited me. I accepted joyfully. And who's to say it won't be before Christmas," he told Oggi magazine.

"I want to see her again, to talk to her, to look in her eyes. We talk on the phone or write to each other every day.

"We have so many things to say to each other having passed four years in a circle of hell that crushed us.

"We risked life in prison for unjust accusations that were far-fetched and ridiculous.

"One week after I was supposed to discuss my degree thesis, but instead I found myself in jail accused of killing Meredith Kercher."

Mr Sollecito and Ms Knox were found guilty of murdering and sexually assaulting Ms Kercher (21) who was found semi-naked with her throat cut in September 2007 in her bedroom of the house she shared with Ms Knox.

They had been sentenced to 26 and 25 years respectively until their successful appeal, in which their lawyers called into question the reliability of DNA evidence that was used to convict them.

A third person, drifter and drug dealer Rudy Guede (24) was also convicted of Ms Kercher's murder and is currently serving 16 years in prison.

Mr Sollecito's father, Francesco, has strongly indicated that he will not let rest what he considers an inept, vindictive, and possibly corrupt campaign that led to his son spending almost four years behind bars.

"Raffaele was in prison for four years and risked staying there forever because of a foot print found next to the body of Meredith, which wasn't his but that of Guede.

"The police scientist admitted it after five months.

"Against my son there was nothing else," he said.

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Raffaele Sollecito (right) was aged 23 at the time of Meredith Kercher's murder.

Amanda Knox and Mr Sollecito had been seeing each other for a week before the killing.

Sollecito, from the southern Italian city of Giovinazzo, is the son of a wealthy urologist.

He was freed on appeal after independent forensic experts said DNA evidence linking him to Kercher's murder was faulty, possibly because of contamination.

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