Kercher family still on 'journey for the truth'

Friday 31 January 2014 22.00
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Meredith Kercher was found with her throat slashed in Perugia in 2007
Meredith Kercher was found with her throat slashed in Perugia in 2007
Lyle and Stephanie Kercher spoke after murder convictions were reinstated in their sister's killing
Lyle and Stephanie Kercher spoke after murder convictions were reinstated in their sister's killing
There were reports that Raffaele Sollecito was arrested near the Austrian border
There were reports that Raffaele Sollecito was arrested near the Austrian border
Amanda Knox said she will only be extradited to Italy 'kicking and screaming'
Amanda Knox said she will only be extradited to Italy 'kicking and screaming'

The family of murdered British student Meredith Kercher have said they are still on a "journey for the truth" after judges reinstated the convictions of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito.

Speaking at a press conference in Florence today, Ms Kercher's brother Lyle and sister Stephanie said they could not draw a line under her death while the process was going on.

They called for Knox to be extradited from the United States.

They declined to comment on reports that Sollecito had been arrested by Italian police close to the Austrian border.

Meredith Kercher, a 21-year-old Leeds University exchange student from Coulsdon, south London, was found with her throat slashed in the bedroom of the house she shared with Knox in Perugia, central Italy, in November 2007.

"I think we are still on a journey for the truth and it may be the fact that we don't ever really know what happened that night, which is obviously something we'll have to come to terms with," Stephanie Kercher said.

She added: "You can't ever really get to a point where you just start to remember Meredith solely because it is following the case, coming over to Italy and everything associated with it.

"But the verdict has been upheld this time so we hope that ... we are nearer the end so that we can just start to remember Meredith for who she was and draw a line under it, as it were."

Knox has said she will only be extradited to Italy "kicking and screaming", after judges reinstated her murder conviction yesterday for the death of Meredith Kercher.

Knox, who stayed in her native US for the trial, was sentenced to 28 years and six months and her former boyfriend Sollecito was jailed for 25 years.

When asked if Knox should be extradited, Mr Kercher said: "If somebody is found guilty and convicted of a murder and if an extradition law exists between those two countries, then I don't see why they wouldn't.

"I 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 when extraditing convicted criminals from other countries.

"It probably leaves them in a strange position not to," he added.