The brother and sister of murder victim Meredith Kercher are speaking out following the re-conviction of American student Amanda Knox on Thursday. (Jan 31)
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Florence, Italy - January 31, 2014
1. SOUNDBITE (English) Lyle Kercher, Brother of Meredith Kercher
"Nothing's of course going to bring Meredith back, nothing will ever take away the horror of what happened to her. The best we can hope for is finally bringing this whole case to a conclusion in a conviction and everybody can then move on with their lives."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Lyle Kercher, Brother of Meredith Kercher
"yes, if somebody's found guilty and convicted of a murder, if an extradition law exists between the two countries then I don't see why they wouldn't. I'd imagine it would set a difficult precedent if a country such as the US didn't choose to go along with laws that they, themselves, uphold... Extraditing convicted criminals from other countries."
3. Wide shot of press conference
The family of murdered student Meredith Kercher welcomed the upheld conviction of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito on Friday, saying they hope it will bring them "nearer to the truth".
A court in Florence decided to reinstate the conviction against Knox and Sollecito on Thursday, sentencing Knox to 28 years and six months in prison and Sollecito to 25 years for Kercher's murder in 2007.
Police on Friday found Amanda Knox's ex-boyfriend near Italy's border with Slovenia and Austria, hours after he and the American student were convicted for a second time in the death of British student Meredith Kercher.
Raffaele Sollecito's lawyer, Luca Maori, said his client was in the area of Italy's northeastern border because that's where his current girlfriend lives, and that he went voluntarily to police.
However, the cabinet chief of the Udine police station, Giovanni Belmonte, said police showed up at about 1 a.m. Friday at a hotel in Venzone, a tiny town of 2,200 about 40 kilometers from the border, where Sollecito and the girlfriend were staying.
They brought him to the Udine police station, took his passport and put a stamp in his Italian identity papers showing that he cannot leave the country, as mandated by the appeals court in Florence.
Since the court didn't order Sollecito detained, he will be freed as soon as the paperwork is completed, Belmonte said. He said Sollecito was calm and came willingly to the station, with his girlfriend driving behind.