Amanda Knox's ex-lover Raffaele Sollecito seeks $545,000 compensation

Amanda Knox 'Grateful' to Italy's High Court for Explaining Its Ruling
Amanda Knox 'Grateful' to Italy's High Court for Explaining Its Ruling

Amanda Knox's ex-boyfriend is seeking $545,000 in compensation for wrongful imprisonment after spending nearly 4 years in jail over the murder of his former flame's roommate, his lawyer said Thursday.

Italian Raffaele Sollecito and Knox, from Seattle, were cleared last March of the murder of British exchange student Meredith Kercher in 2007.

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Sollecito's lawyer Giulia Bongiorno told NBC News Thursday that her client has applied for the maximum possible amount of compensation allowed under Italian law.

His compensation claim will decided by a court in Tuscany.

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Sollecito, 32, and Knox were first convicted in December 2009 despite telling a trial that they had been together at his apartment in Perugia on the night half-naked Kercher was stabbed to death.

They were later acquitted and freed in 2011. An appeals court overturned those acquittals in 2013 and ordered a new trial which led to a conviction, which itself was then later overturned.

One of Knox's defense lawyers, Carlo Dalla Vedova, told a reporter after their acquittal that she would also "be seeking compensation for wrongful imprisonment."

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