Belfast Telegraph

Monday 15 September 2014

Scottish court should learn from Knox case

It was a disgrace that prosecutor Giuliano Mignini was permitted his lurid sexual fantasies and hyperbolic descriptions of Amanda Knox as a "deviant she-devil".

The performance of the Italian forensic team was also deplorable and as bad as that seen in the prosecutions of the Birmingham Six and Abdelbaset al-Megrahi.

It is unlikely Sollecito and Knox would have been found guilty in a US or UK court and little was left of the original case but spite and malice. Yet Italy can be proud that its system proved self-righting, while the Scottish judiciary still struggles to admit culpability in the unsafe verdict on Megrahi.

DR JOHN CAMERON

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