Amanda Knox begs the man who murdered her roommate Meredith Kercher to finally clear his name after his early release from prison.
Rudy Guede, 33, was released in Italy on Tuesday after a series of reductions in his 30-year prison sentence initially imposed in 2008 for the sexual assault and murder of Kercher the previous year.
Knox – who spent four years behind bars before finally being acquitted – urged him to tell the truth now.
“Guede has enormous power to heal others injured by his actions”, Knox tweeted de Guede, who has always denied sexually assaulting and killing Kercher, whose body was found half-naked in his bedroom in Italy.
“He has the power to speak the truth, to take responsibility, to stop blaming me for the rape and murder of Meredith Kercher, whom there is ample evidence to show he committed alone,” she said writing.
“If he truly acknowledged his responsibility, it would end the Kercher family, it would end obscure speculation around this case, it would restore my wrongly damaged reputation,” she wrote.
It would also clear the name of Knox’s then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, who was also found guilty and then cleared of Kercher’s murder, with prosecutors claiming it happened during a sex game fueled by the drug gone wrong.
Knox implored Guede to “admit his actions” so that he could be known as “the man who killed Meredith Kercher and blamed an innocent American”.
“Guede could do all that now” Knox said.
“He could ask for forgiveness. And if he did, if he showed real remorse and signs that he was committed to living an honest life and making amends for his terrible crimes, I would applaud him, wish him good luck, and urge them. others to see his humanity, ”she said.
She described him as the man “whose fingerprints were found in Meredith’s blood, whose DNA was on her body, and who immediately fled the country while I was helping the police.”
“People change. Does Rudy have it? she asked.
“They say the truth will set you free. Today he is free and he has not yet told the truth, allowing others to continue to bear the burden of his guilt, ”she wrote.
Kercher’s 38-year-old sister Stephanie told the Mirror her release came as a “shock” to the family.
“I always knew the day would come at some point, but that it was early again, it’s a bit of a surprise,” she said, saying her family can only hope that “the judicial system is right in its decision”.
Kercher’s half-naked body was found in November 2007 in a pool of blood in the chalet she shared with Knox in the Italian student town of Perugia. Her throat had been slit and she had been stabbed 47 times.
The gruesome case gained international notoriety after Knox – then a 21-year-old student from Seattle – and Sollecito were suspected of killing the British exchange student in a sex game gone awry.
They were initially found guilty of the murder, but their convictions were eventually overturned by Italy’s highest court in 2015 after a series of about-face decisions.
Guede was first sentenced to 30 years in prison, which was later reduced to 16 years on appeal. Her release was scheduled for January 4 next year, but an Italian judge put her forward for good behavior and Guede was released on Tuesday, his lawyer, Fabrizio Ballarini confirmed.
“My client has paid his debt to justice. He’s a free man, ”Ballarini told The Sun.
Guede had previously been granted a one-day release from prison to work in the library at the Viterbo-based Center for Criminological Studies and plans to continue working there, Ballarini said.
With post wires