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The Italian appeals court has explained Thursday, the reasoning behind its final decision to clear Amanda Knox of the murder of her roommate, Meredith Kercher, although prosecutors of the case alongside Kercher's family have still expressed concerns.
The Perugia appellate court heavily criticized the investigation, which led to the 2007 conviction of Amanda Knox and her Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito citing that the evidence was weak.
The 143-page document compiled by Judge Claudio Pratillo Hellman, revealed that he believed the crime to have been committed by a single assassin. However Hellman also noted: "It is not up to this court to speculate about what actually took place or whether one or more people carried out the crime."
Meredith Kercher’s body was discovered in the flat shared by her, Knox, and another roommate. Later a photo of Knox and Sollecito kissing outside the flat while police discovered the body, would become controversial.
Knox was also ridiculed for purchasing revealing underwear after the murder and doing cartwheels while waiting for police questioning.
Hellman defended Knox stating, "There are numerous ways ... to react to tragedy. An exchange of tenderness and even an exhibition of gymnastics can be explained by the need to find through gestures and behavior a bit of normality in a tragic situation."
The Prosecutor of the case, Guliano Mignini, still professed that there were a number of contested views: “I have read the sentencing report and what I can say is I believe it is certain that the prosecutor general will appeal against this decision before the Court of Cassation.”
Kercher’s family have also alluded that they intend to request a review of the decision. Hellmann however still maintained that the guilty verdict “was not corroborated by any objective element of evidence.”