06 Feb 2014

Lunch meeting: An Open and Shut Case of Italian Injustice - Re: Amanda Knox

We had birthday girl Rtn Ellen today, so President Adrian led us in singing the birthday song and presented a bottle of red wine to her.

Our speaker today was former member Dr. David Anderson, who spoke on “An Open and Shut Case of Italian Injustice - Re: Amanda Knox”.  Dr. Anderson lives in Italy now and came back to HK recently for vacation.  He told us the details of the case of Amanda Knox.  Amanda Marie Knox is an American woman who, in 2009, was convicted of the murder of Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Umbria, Italy. She served four years of a 26-year sentence before the murder conviction was overturned on October 3, 2011. However, on March 26, 2013, Knox’s acquittal was overturned by the Italian Supreme Court, sending the case back to the lower court for reconsideration. Rudy Guede was found guilty in October 2008 of the murder and sexual assault of Kercher and was sentenced to 30 years’ imprisonment. Raffaele Sollecito, Knox’s boyfriend at the time of the murder, was also found guilty of the murder but had his conviction overturned by an appeal; this decision was likewise reversed on March 26, 2013.  However, an appeals court in Florence has upheld the guilty verdict against Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend for the 2007 murder of her British roommate on Jan 2014.  Ms Knox was sentenced to 28½ years in prison, raising the spectre of a long legal battle over her extradition.  Dr. Anderson questioned the judiciary system of Italy and also the value of evidence.

Sergeant at Arms Rtn David Ross collected HK$1020 in raffle tickets and fines.  Dr. Anderson help to draw the raffle and the winners were Salina and PP Francesco, who won a bottle of red wine and The Book of Jade, written by Dr. Anderson, respectively.