Knox and Sollecito reunite in New York

Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito, the couple acquitted of murdering British student Meredith Kercher in Perugia, shared a “passionate embrace” in New York yesterday, hours after being ordered to return to Italy for a retrial, a British newspaper has reported.

Knox and Sollecito reunite in New York
Photo of the pair at the trial in 2009: Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Knox, and Sollecito, who were former lovers, were captured on camera together by the British tabloid newspaper The Mirror, apparently just hours after they had been ordered to return to Italy for a retrial over the murder of British student Meredith Kercher in 2007 in Perugia, in the central Italian region of Umbria.

The pair were acquitted of the murder by an Italian appeal court on October 3rd, 2011, after forensic scientists cast doubt on the admissibility of the evidence. Sollecito and Knox were originally sentenced to 26 and 25 years respectively and spent almost four years in jail, with prosecutors claiming that Kercher’s death had been the result of a sex-game that went wrong.

The tabloid newspaper, which published a series of photos of the pair together, claims the couple shared a “passionate embrace” as they toured the city, communicating in Italian along the way. 

“They didn’t seem to have a care in the world as they hugged and kissed during a secret meeting in New York,” writes the paper. 

“‘They just looked like a normal couple who had been with each other a long time. Together with her mum they explored Manhattan and took the subway to get around,’” the newspaper quotes an onlooker as saying.

When the paper approached the pair, 25-year-old Knox refused to comment on whether she would be returning to Italy for the retrial.

Sollecito, 29, told the paper: “We have everything to do now. We have a lot of planning.”

Yesterday it was reported that Sollecito was calling on Facebook users to help raise €370,000 to pay his legal bill at the impending retrial.

In April this year, Amanda Knox published a memoir called ‘Waiting to be heard’ in which she protests her innocence and talks about her incarceration.

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‘I am afraid’: Amanda Knox breaks down at Italy forum

Amanda Knox told an Italian legal forum Saturday she feared "harassment" and "new accusations" four years after she was acquitted of the gruesome killing of her British housemate.

'I am afraid': Amanda Knox breaks down at Italy forum
Acquitted murder suspect Amanda Knox broke down at the "Trial by Media" session at the Criminal Justice Festival in the northern city of Modena. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP
Knox, from Seattle, spent four years behind bars after the half-naked body of fellow exchange student Meredith Kercher was found on November 2, 2007 in a bedroom of the apartment they shared in the central Italian city of Perugia.
Now, the 31-year-old is controversially back in Italy for a discussion panel entitled “Trial by Media” at the Criminal Justice Festival in the northern city of Modena.
“To tell the truth I am afraid, afraid of being harassed, insulted, afraid of being trapped and new accusations being directed at me,” Knox said.
“I have come back because it was something I had to do — there was a time when I felt at home in this beautiful country and I hope one day to recapture this feeling,” Knox, speaking in Italian, told the forum, her voice often close to breaking.
Amanda Knox said that her return to Italy was 'something I had to do'. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP
'Many think I am wicked'
“I know that, despite my acquittal, I remain a controversial figure in the face of public opinion, especially here in Italy. I know many people think I am wicked,” said the American.
“Some have even suggested that by being here I am once again traumatising the Kercher family and profaning Meredith's memory,” she went on. “They are wrong,” she insisted.
“The fact I continue to be held responsible for the Kerchers' pain shows how powerful false narratives can be and how they can undermine justice, especially when reinforced and amplified by the media,” said Knox.
The conference has been organised by a group of Modena lawyers and the Italy Innocence Project, which focuses “on the issues related to wrongful convictions and miscarriages of justice”.
“The Italy Innocence Project didn't yet exist when I was wrongly convicted in Perugia,” Knox tweeted in May.
From the outset, her case sparked lurid headlines in Britain and Knox's hometown of Seattle, Washington.
Prosecutors described the murder as a drug-fuelled sex game gone awry involving Knox, her Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and an Ivorian drifter, Rudy Guede.
Sollecito was acquitted alongside Knox, but Guede was convicted in a separate “fast track” trial and is serving a 16-year jail term in Italy.
Defence lawyers argued their clients could not get a fair trial because of the media frenzy over the murder, with lurid headlines seizing on the young US student's nickname “Foxy Knoxy”.
Knox left Italy after she was acquitted on appeal in 2011.
In an essay published online on Wednesday, she recalled fleeing the country “in a high-speed chase, paparazzi literally ramming the back of my stepdad's rental car”.
Knox's sentence was raised to 28 years in prison when her conviction was upheld in 2014, though both she and Sollecito were finally acquitted by Italy's top court the following year and she returned home to work as a journalist and commentator.