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Knox co-defendant Sollecito at hotel near border

Italy Knox Trial
FLORENCE, Italy (AP) -- Police have found Amanda Knox's ex-boyfriend near Italy's border with Slovenia and Austria after he and the American student were convicted for a second time in the death of British student Meredith Kercher.

Raffaele Sollecito's lawyer, Luca Maori, said his client voluntarily went to police on Friday and that he was in the area of Italy's northeastern border because that's where his current girlfriend lives.

However, the cabinet chief of the Udine police station, Giovanni Belmonte, said police showed up at about 1 a.m. Friday at the hotel in Venzone, about 40 kilometers from the border, where Sollecito and the girlfriend were staying.

They took him to the Udine police station, took his passport and put a stamp in his Italian identity papers showing that he cannot leave the country, as mandated by the appeals court in Florence.

Since the court didn't order Sollecito be detained, he will be freed as soon as the paperwork is completed, Belmonte said. He said Sollecito was calm and came willingly to the station, with his girlfriend driving behind.

Asked if police thought he might have fled the country, Belmonte said: "We don't know his intentions," but said police were tipped off to his presence in the hotel and came immediately.

In Italy, adults checking into hotels must hand over ID, which the hotels are then required to communicate to local police.

The court in Florence on Thursday upheld the conviction against Knox and Sollecito, sentencing Knox to 28 1/2 years in prison and Sollecito to 25 years for Kercher's 2007 murder. It did not immediately order Sollecito's arrest and noted that Knox was "justifiably abroad" after an appeals court in 2011 acquitted the pair and ordered them freed.

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jermchugh January 31 2014 at 9:41 AM

Does one need a passport to cross into Austria and Slovenia from Italy since all 3 countries are part of the EU. Where Sollecito's arrest took place has nothing to do with subject borders since passports are not required.

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Lewis jermchugh January 31 2014 at 9:47 AM

By placing a "stamp"into his passport,it wont allow him to leave Italy legally.

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gibsong141 January 31 2014 at 9:41 AM

I smell the stench of the original dirty crazed Italian prosecutor who decided (as he had done in many other questionable cases), without the help of evidence, that Knox and boyfriend were guilty. It appears based in part on the two kissing while the crime scene was being botched by incompetent policia. Too bad the former boyfriend was caught in country...I would be surprised if any appeal worked this time - due to the incredible embarrassment these trials appear to the world that isn't Italy - I hope Knox stays in the USA and tells Italy to "F" itself.

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Dawn January 31 2014 at 9:44 AM

So, does Italy just keep trying people until they can finally find them guilty? First they were guilty, then not, and now guilty again. It doesn't seem like their justice system is very reliable or efficient. Since the evidence is scant (from what I've read), what do they use to determine guilt or innocence? I'm thinking a Magic 8 Ball.

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Mandoist Dawn January 31 2014 at 10:46 AM

In Italy's "judicial" system all one need do is cry and whine about "probable cause".

In other words, if one is in the same town on the same day/night as a crime, he or she 'probably' could have committed said crime. Since hard evidence is not a prerequisite to conviction in Italian courts, it's fairly easy to 'find' someone to convict. The prosecutors basically line-up their theories (or fantasies) and have a roundtable discussion to get everyone on the same page.

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Brandi January 31 2014 at 9:34 AM

I just dont see these two idiots slitting someones throat?..IDK...i just dont think they did it and there just isnt enough reliable evidence to prove it!..Does Italy go by the same " beyond a resonable doubt?" now she will never face jail but he will?...he should have left Italy as soon as they were released before!..I sure would not want to be a part of this jury..

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Lewis Brandi January 31 2014 at 9:53 AM

European country's have different law's concerning guilt. Many,including England,you are considered "guilty" until proven innocent. The exact opposite of USA courts.

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flowncoop Lewis January 31 2014 at 10:02 AM

Nonsense, another ignorant American who probably never stepped foot outside his own state. Being American does not mean you are innocent. Look at the OJ Simpson case to show how the USA deals with criminals.
Likelihood is Knox was so high on drugs she has no idea what happened. And buying and taking drugs is an offense in Italy and the USA.

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jsblackball January 31 2014 at 9:51 AM

i think this story is fishy , if it smell like a fish its a fish. usa needs to step in and do there investgation in to D.N.A . amanda knox and ex boyfriend didnt do it . all a cover up for the mistakes they made , what a world we all live.

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tau4444 jsblackball January 31 2014 at 11:12 AM

I guess you were there?
Tell us how all four people were there and one of them is killed yet no one knows how?
Wake up!

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ceecee tau4444 January 31 2014 at 12:04 PM

In the first place, it was never proven that Amanda or her boyfriend were there duing the murders, the one that WAS there (other than the poor victim) was the man who has been jailed since the beginning, his guilt was established, it was only after he was convicted that he tried to implicate the other two.

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bonhomtom January 31 2014 at 9:11 AM

This knucklehead should have been colored gone lo-o-o-o-g time ago.....he was just interested in getting a little nookie. Now his ass is going to be planted behind bars, for the next 25 years, Nobody ever accused Italians of being smart, I guess.

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ROD bonhomtom January 31 2014 at 9:24 AM

He was smart enough to get Amanda and the victim in a threesome, it just didn't work out
for one of them, if nothing else we found out Amanda is a slut.......a worldwide one at that

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lionessefl ROD January 31 2014 at 11:08 AM

How is having sex with one guy a slut?

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niteone42 January 31 2014 at 10:11 AM

Raffaele should have left Italy long before this last trial. He is now stuck with not much recourse.
Amanda hopfully will not be taken back. Hope the U.S. protects her from trying to be extradited by Italy.

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STUART January 31 2014 at 10:38 AM

If they were gulity, he would not of stayed in Italy and Amanda would not go into the new and have all those interviews. I think the US goverment needs to step in and do their own investigation before they turn over Amanda to Italy.

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Mandoist January 31 2014 at 10:39 AM

The Italian police (on almost every level) could not find a murder weapon if it was placed on their desks. They sure as heck didn't "find" this kid -- they tailed him the entire way. Probably panicked when he camped-out near the borders and took him into custody.

His family surely knows how the Italian Justice Circus (aka: "court system") works... they should have had the kid in another country months ago.

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tau4444 Mandoist January 31 2014 at 11:08 AM

What about your American courts with O.J. Simpson?
He was so guilty, you had to jail him for something else.
Why was she lying?

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newage44 January 31 2014 at 5:08 PM

The Italians are notorious for throwing everyone and anyone in jail. The "Monster of Florence" , a notorious serial killer , has yet to be caught and many persons were jailed, then freed, for the crime.
Incompetent is the only word for it

They believe in rounding up "the usual suspects" , imprisoning them until someone better comes along.

Time to forget about the Da Vinci code places and boycott the travel to Italy until they get their heads out of the olive oil.

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