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corporations. what can we do for you? >> and now, "bbc world news america." >> this is "bbc world news america." we have this had a verdict in the appeals case of amanda knox. she will be freed. before a packed courtroom, the jury decided to overturn her conviction of murder. her associate raffaele sollecito will also be freed. we can join our team covering this. here are pictures from the courtroom. >> you could say that they have been courageous coming to a decision.
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>> they said justice will be done, which ever way that may be. they will have to support this decision. >> we are thankful that amanda's and nightmare is over. she has suffered for three years for a crime she did not commit. we're thankful for our lawyers. not only to defend her brilliantly, they also loved her. we are thankful for the support we have received from all over the world. people who took the time to research the case and could see that they were innocent. we are thankful to the courts for having the courage to look for the truth and to overturn the conviction.
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we now respectfully ask to give amanda and the rest of our family are privacy so we can recover from this horrible ordeal. >> [inaudible] >> that was amanda knox's sister, a quick reaction from her a few seconds after the decision. let me bring in a journalist to has followed this case since the beginning. you were in that court for this decision. tell us about the atmosphere. >> about 30 policemen in plain clothes.
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she said very quietly, taking very deep breaths. when the verdict was read out, [inaudible] she immediately started sobbing. >> she just seemed to crumble. >> the prosecutor should enhance with each of them. -- shook hands with each of
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them. >> we understand that a statement is being made. >> we are just hearing from one
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of the lawyers. we are now hearing -- he has worked tirelessly to try to clear his son's name. he has been making the 11-hour round-trip up to where raffaele sollecito has been in prison. i cannot hear what he is saying very well. given his reaction, he has always claimed that this has been a miscarriage of justice. [cheering] he said the was the victim of a miscarriage of justice.
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he told me how he had met with resistance from the police when he wanted certain aspects of the case investigated. we are hearing applause. someone had taken to the steps. requesting applause for meredith. you were in there for the verdict. it all happened very quickly in the end. >> a very swift decision. the crowds behind you is saying,
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let's take it to the supreme court. the prosecutors will definitely appeal to the supreme court. they want to have a new appeal charge or dirt. >> -- ordered. >> you said that it was going to go to an acquittal. >> the huge focus was on the dna expertise. it clearly seems to have drawn a huge doubt in the mind of the jury and judges. they decided there is no case and that they were innocent. now there will be new grounds for an appeal based on the decision. >> the prosecution stood by the original findings.
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they also told the jury they have 10,000 pages of evidence. clearly, the judges and the jury have not given those 10,000 pages much weight. >> i think the key factor was shocke on the basis of the jury on the judges when they saw how the police handled the evidence. it undermined the whole work of the police. >> it is interesting that in the first trial, the judges seemed much more antagonistic.
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when i spoke with raffaele sollecito's father last week, he said that he thought the judge was much more fair. >> the body language was much more sympathy than in the first trial. the prosecutors made some request to have some documents registered, and they were slapped down very often. it was visible this morning, you could see the jurors leaned forward. >> you say about the judges and jury slapping down -- when the independent dna analysis, which the prosecution did not to accept, they requested another independent review. that request was slapped down by
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the judge. that was quite the turning point. that is when everybody felt the prosecution had was the case. >> that is right. i had no more cards to play. they argued that the experts that had done this expertise and criticized the existing evidence. the review was rejected. the prosecutors will not appeal to the supreme court and argue, we need a new review. we cannot have a proper case without establishing who this is. >> let's talk about a possible appeal. i guess they will have to wait for some time. >> the procedure now is that the courts have 90 days to draw up its review of the evidence. and the first trial, it was 400 pages. it will probably be less this time. the prosecution will have 45
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days in which to appeal. the of party outlined the grounds on which they will appeal. they will -- that have already outlined the grounds on which they will appeal. they will argue that the experts were incompetent. they did not do their work properly. that is one of the arguments they bring up to the supreme court. >> just talking to the author of -- of the "sunday times" journalist. this case is absolutely gripped italy, the u.k., the united states. russian television is even here as well. [shouting] lawyeraele sollecito's
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[unintelligible] >> he does not speak english. >> he is being insulted by the crowd. >> he is being insulted by the crowd. >> it is a very closed town. it has no interest in this town. the people were very angry with the italian papers. that is the first time i've seen this square filled with people, most of them very angry. >> [inaudible]
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a bit of a media circus. this road is littered with satellite trucks. >> very ironic that the presiding judge reminded everybody, this is not a football game. he appealed to calm and respect and silence when the dirt -- and when the verdict was read. >> i think people have been interested because of the protagonist -- a young victim, who had been accused of carrying out the murder.
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people identified with the victim or with the parents. knox.'s talk about amanda she is free and she could be out of the country within hours. >> she is now being taken back to prison and then there is a procedure of an hour or two hours, and she will be taken out of prison. she will be driving down to rome, and boarding a flight. >> they have always supported the prosecution's theory that three people were involved. >> for meredith family, it has to be complete bewilderment. they believed the courts made the right decision and they believed and the police work. they believe that amanda knox
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and raffaele sollecito were guilty. what they may do, if they continue to support the prosecution, i would expect them to back the prosecution's appeal. >> we just saw the gentleman from the british consul. he came up this morning to offer -- offer support. we are seeing live pictures outside the court. amanda knox and raffaele sollecito were acquitted of the murder. they spent 1400 days in prison, nearly four years. they were arrested four days after the murder on the first of november 2007.
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they are now free. we are expecting that after being discharged from prison, amanda knox will be free to leave the country. we understand that she and her family will be on a commercial flight. there have been suggestions that a dead is on standby. -- jet is on standby. this media campaign behind amanda knox was released led by her parents, her father and her mother. but do you make of that? -- what do you make of that? it has been quite impressive at times, but it could backfire. >> in the first row, it did
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backfire. -- in the first trial, it did back -- it did backfire. in this case, it has been such a huge campaign. the words of her father this morning talking about a huge pr campaign. it was referred to several times .y all sides -- i think it did have -- it has given the huge support over in the american press. that has trickled down into the italian press. even the local papers have taken on the pro-innocence line.
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amanda knox is now famous. what do you think the reception will be when she returns? >> the public opinion in america is overwhelmingly believed in her innocence. she will be given a hero's welcome. there has been speculation that amanda could sign a book deal. the possibilities are endless. it remains to be seen what what she wants to do. i should add that an mp that went to visit her in prison yesterday, she also faces a
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charge for slander. >> still got a little bit about that. -- tell us a little bit about that. she got three years for that, but because she had already served four years, she is free. >> it is a slender defamation trial. she alleged that she was beaten, threatened by the police during questioning. she said they told her that she would never see her family again. she said that was the reason that sheik -- that she confessed, which she later denied. >> the last thing she wants to do is come back here.
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>> to be quite honest, this will start in mid-november. i think she will feel confident enough -- i think she will want to be in court again to demonstrate her innocence. i think she will come back into the courts that they are accusing her wrongly on slander. >> she could be convicted to another three years. >> slander could be up to six or eight years. we would have to see what happens. >> talking about a prosecution appeal, will they want to --
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will they want her to stay in the country while that goes on? >> they do not think she will ever come back. the aborted tried -- they have already asked about the possibility of extradition. >> can you speak to us? i am so sorry, can i take your microphone for one moment? it is likely chaotic here. can i ask you to come a little bit around here? mainwere amanda knox's defense lawyer? you have won this case. give me your reaction. >> in this case, there is no
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better. they have rectified a mistake. meredith was a friend of amanda, so we should never forget this. we have to respect this. there is no winner there. amanda was not involved in the murder. >> this was a miscarriage of justice? >> this is a mistake. our legislature has foreseen the possibility of a mistake. that is why -- you cannot consider somebody guilty without a final decision. this is what has happened today. the court of appeals has rectified a mistake. >> what did amanda say to you after the decision? >> she was so happy she started to cry. she was scared, she was feeling that today is a very important day.
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it was a very intense date for her. >> you have gotten quite close to amanda over the last four years. you've got to work closely but her. what do you make of how she has coped with this whole process? >> a man that is a very intelligent girl. -- common that is a very intelligent girl. she was very young. she has matured. we were to appear in order to defend her. we were able to appreciate the extreme, a sensible, and intense intelligence of amanda. we're very happy that we had as a client. was the independent forensic -- >> we have to wait for the motivation. when we see the motivation, i
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will be in a position to explain. >> thank you very much. could i just ask you to move? this is the live camera. apologies, as i said, a very hectic scene. thank you. mains one of amanda knox's defense lawyers. very chaotic indeed, isn't it? are we any closer to knowing how meredith was murdered?
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>> that was a question i asked the family this morning. she spoke about meredith, how wonderful. she could not conceive of a reason. we will have to wait for [inaudible] it will help us try and understand why americans died. >> -- why meredith died. >> we have been -- we have been bringing you special coverage of the appeal of the amanda knox case. amanda knox was cleared of the 2007 murder.
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extremely emotional and tense, but now she is free. >> make sense of international news at bbc.com/news. >> funding was made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu. newman's own foundation. union bank. and shell. >> this is kim - about to feel one of his favorite sensations. at shell, we're developing more efficient fuels in countries like malaysia that can help us get the most from our energy resources.
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