Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito have been receiving support from people around the world who are posting pictures of themselves holding signs proclaiming the pair’s innocence in the same way that Knox posted a picture of herself following the recent guilty sentence.
The photos were sparked by when Knox posted a picture of herself holding a sign that read “Siamo Innocenti,” which means “we are innocent” in Italian.
The picture was posted after the Italian Supreme Court ruled to uphold the guilty sentence for Knox and Sollecito in the murder of student Meredith Kercher in 2007.
After first being found guilty, an appeal appeared to get the pair of the hook–before the supreme court decided to look over the case for a final decision.
In a blog post, Knox called the verdict “unjust” and the prosecution “overzealous.”
“Having been found innocent before, I expected better from the Italian justice system,” she said. “The evidence and accusatory theory do not justify a verdict of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Rather, nothing has changed. There has always been a marked lack of evidence. My family and I have suffered greatly from this wrongful persecution.”
(All photos/Facebook/Amanda Knox Defense)
“I beseech those with the knowledge and authority to address and remediate the problems that worked to pervert the course of justice and waste the valuable resources of the system: overzealous and intransigent prosecution, prejudiced and narrow-minded investigation, unwillingness to admit mistake, reliance on unreliable testimony and evidence, character assassination, inconsistent and unfounded accusatory theory, and counterproductive and coercive interrogation techniques that produce false confessions and inaccurate statements,” Knox added.
“Clearly a wrongful conviction is horrific for the wrongfully accused, but it is also terribly bad for the victim, their surviving family, and society.”
The comments came as the judge who announced the guilty verdicts faces allegations of impropriety that could results in disciplinary proceedings.
Allessandro Nencini violated the secrecy of deliberations among other things in an interview with Italian media, members of the magistrate’s governing body said.
Knox is currently living in the United States after moving following the previously successful appeal.
It’s not clear at this point whether Knox will be extradited to Italy.
Sollecito has not been jailed yet but cannot leave Italy.