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Nightmare is over, say Knox family

The family of Amanda Knox, who was acquitted of the murder of Meredith Kercher, have said they are "thankful that Amanda's nightmare is over".

Deanna Knox, her sister, spoke to reporters outside the court building just moments after the conviction was overturned.

She said: "We're thankful that Amanda's nightmare is over.

"She has suffered for four years for a crime that she did not commit."

She went on to thank her sister's legal team. "Not only did they defend her brilliantly, but they also loved her," she said.

"We are thankful for all the support we have received from all over the world - people who took the time to research the case and could see that Amanda and Raffaele were innocent.

"And last, we are thankful to the court for having the courage to look for the truth and to overturn this conviction."

Francesco Sollecito, the father of Raffaele Sollecito, said he had "allowed himself some tears".

Speaking outside the court room, he said his son had "nothing to do with the death of Meredith Kercher". Mr Sollecito said of the murdered student: "We will remember her with affection.

"I would have liked to talk to her relatives as well, as they have lost a daughter in a very cruel way. But tonight, they have given me back my son."


From Belfast Telegraph