As a result of posting recently about the Knox-Sollecito appeal, I found cause to collect and collate transcripts of the appeal verdict reading. This was to answer questions about whether the verdict was an assumption of innocence in the absence of sufficient evidence, or rather, it was complete exoneration based on that evidence. There is a subtle yet vital distinction here.
So, I asked for Italian-speaking translators on Twitter to translate the relevant part (1st minute or so) of this clip from the Perugia court
Thanks, in no particular order, for translation services to @ChicaLolita, @Danisacerdoti and @SimonSalento.
1st literal translation:
“…both the defendants of the charges a b c and d, for not having committed the act, and from charge e [noise] (please) because the act does not exist, refusing the proposal of the plaintiffs [Tartanelli Annalia], order the immediate release of Knox Amanda Marie and Sollecito Raffaele if not being held for other reasons”
2nd literal translation:
“The court absolves both defendants of the crimes ascribed to them, a, b, c and d for not committing the crime and e because the crime did not happen. This rejects the demands made against them by the civil parties [Tartanelli Annalia]. We have 90 days to deliver the reasoning.”
3rd literal translation:
“(…) the two people charged from the crimes a b c and d, for not having committed the crime, and crime e, for not having taken place…we reject the proposition of the prosecution and we order the immediate release of [Knox Amanda Marie and Sollecito Raffaele] unless detained for other reasons. The reason for this sentence will be officially recorded in the next ninety days. The trial is over.”
I think this is a definitive and irrefutable statement that Knox and Sollecito are innocent in the light of the evidence. There is no doubt about the verdict, so it is baffling why Judge Hellmann has cast doubt in a subsequent press interview suggesting that their innocent was presumed given a lack of evidence with which to uphold the original sentencing.
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