US has no signs Knox treated unfairly
Tue, Dec 08, 2009

WASHINGTON, USA - The US government said Monday it had no signs that a court in Italy failed to follow the country's laws when it found American Amanda Knox guilty of the murder of her British housemate.

However, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will discuss the verdict with Senator Maria Cantwell, who said it raises 'serious questions' about the Italian justice system, Clinton's spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters.

'I don't have any indications to the contrary,' Kelly said when asked if Knox was treated fairly under Italian law. 'We haven't received any indications necessarily that Italian law was not followed.'

He added: 'I do know that our embassy in Rome was very closely involved in this. They visited Amanda Knox. They have monitored the trial.'

Kelly said he preferred to limit comment as the legal process continues, recalling that Knox has the right to appeal in 45 days.

Cantwell, the senator for Knox's home state of Washington, said in a statement: 'I am saddened by the verdict and I have serious questions about the Italian justice system and whether anti-Americanism tainted this trial.'

Knox was convicted by two judges and six Italian jurors in the Italian city of Perugia of murdering British exchange student Meredith Kercher in the cottage the two young women shared in Perugia.

Knox was sentenced last week to 26 years in jail and co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito, her new boyfriend at the time of the murder two years ago, received a sentence of 25 years for their roles in Kercher's murder.

Prosecutors presented DNA and other forensic evidence against Knox, Sollecito and a third person, Rudy Guede of Ivory Coast, who was convicted separately after opting for a 'fast-track' trial in exchange for clemency.

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