Italy prosecutors appeal Knox acquittal

2012-02-14 22:33

Perugia - The prosecution in the trial of American student Amanda Knox, who was cleared last October of the 2007 murder of British housemate Meredith Kercher, filed a motion on Tuesday to appeal the verdict before Italy's highest court.

Prosecutors Giovanni Galati and Giancarlo Costagliola said in their motion that the sentence acquitting Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito was "contradictory and illogical".

Knox and Sollecito, who had been sentenced to 26 and 25 years in prison, were acquitted on appeal in October after four years in prison.

A third person, a local Ivory Coast-born drifter named Rudy Guede, who like the other two has always denied the murder, is the only person still in prison for the crime which prosecutors described as a frenzied sex attack.

Knox, who returned to her home town of Seattle in the United States immediately after her acquittal, cannot be extradited back to Italy.