I jailed Amanda Knox for Meredith Kercher's murder – now we've struck up a friendship after a tearful secret meeting | The Sun
THE Italian prosecutor who jailed Amanda Knox for Meredith Kercher's murder has now struck up a friendship with her after a tearful secret meeting.
Giuliano Mignini met the former exchange student during an emotional rendezvous in Perugia earlier this year.
Knox, from Washington state in the US, who was then 20, and her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, then 23, were both twice convicted of the murder of Brit student Meredith Kercher and then twice cleared before Italy’s supreme court finally annulled their convictions.
And it seems Mr Mignini is also coming around to the idea he may have got it wrong on the 2007 case – though he strongly believes Knox was at the scene of the crime.
"Amanda has changed a lot and I think I can say that I know her," he told The Telegraph on the 15th anniversary of Kercher's death.
They started communicating two years ago when Knox sent the retired prosecutor a letter through a priest she knew from her time in prison.
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They regularly sent holiday greetings, family pictures and shared person news and had a top-secret meeting during Knox's in June.
Knox introduced her baby Eureka to Mr Mignini and met her husband, Christopher Robinson.
"Now she has a family and a lovely baby girl named Eureka and is taking part in a worthwhile project regarding justice in the US," he said.
"We have different ideas about the trial that involved us, but now I have a good opinion of her."
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Mr Mignini is also actively lobbying officials to have a street named in Meredith's honour.
"I hope that the street [Via Della Pergola] will be dedicated to Meredith.
"There is already a plaque in her honour, but it is the minimum Perugia can do to remember this girl from London who met her death in my city."
He added: "You ask me if there was justice for Meredith, and painfully, I have to answer no, she did not get justice."
Kercher was stabbed to death in her Perugia flat on November 2, 2007.
Knox arrived at her home that day, later telling police that she noticed that the front door was open and there was dried blood in the bathroom.
After calling the police, the body of roommate Meredith was found inside her locked bedroom.
In 2007, fingerprints were identified at the scene as belonging to Rudy Guede, who was ultimately charged and sentenced for the brutal murder.
In 2021, Guede was released from prison after completing 13 years of a 16-year sentence.
Knox recently spoke to a panel of lawyers and discussed the effect the case had on her family and how the case came to define her and featured in a Netflix documentary about her experiences.
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After her experience, she said that people had flocked to apologise to her – even stopping her in the street to say sorry for jumping to conclusions about her.
In 2021, Knox and her partner Christopher Robinson welcomed their first child together.
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