convicted in Knox murder case stopped near Austria border
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[January 31, 2014]
FLORENCE, Italy (Reuters) — Italian
police found Raffaele Sollecito close to the Austrian border,
authorities said on Friday, a day after a court upheld his conviction
with U.S. student Amanda Knox of the 2007 murder of Briton Meredith
The court sentenced Sollecito to 25 years in jail for the murder
and ordered his passport seized, judging him to be at risk of flight
because of links abroad.
In a statement, the police said Sollecito had been found between the
northern towns of Udine and Tarvisio, which is less than 10
kilometers from Italy's border with Austria.
The note said Sollecito had reached the area in the early afternoon
of Thursday, hours before the guilty verdict was announced.
Sollecito attended a morning hearing in Florence, but his lawyer
said he would not attend the verdict due to stress.
"Raffaele Sollecito... was notified of the cautionary measures of
the travel ban and the confiscation of his passport in the first
hours of this morning," the note read.
Sollecito has not been taken into custody. According to the court's
judgment, he can move freely within Italy, as the sentence is not
yet definitive. He would begin his sentence if and when it was
confirmed by Italy's highest court.
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Knox is in her U.S. hometown of Seattle and would have to be
extradited to serve a sentence. Her sentence of 28 years and six
months must also be confirmed by Italy's high court to become
(Reporting by Silvia Ognibene; writing by Naomi O'Leary;
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