Friday, April 04, 2014

The Florence Chief Prosecutor’s Office Announces That Sollecito Will Face More Court Action

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Breaking news from Main Poster Yummi

Prosecutor Gianbartolomei has issued a notice about the conclusion of his investigation. The content of the notice is confidential for the defenses.

From this point the defense has 20 days to say something, like to request that the defendant (Sollecito) is interrogated or has anything to declare, or to submit any documents if they want to.

Then, once the 20 days are expired, the prosecution will file charges.

Since the charges will include almost certainly, beyond aggravated defamation, also contempt of the Judicial organs, the prosecution may send a notice to the Ministry of Justice too.

Since they are victims of contempt they may appoint a plaintiff.

The senior Florence prosecutor Dr Giuliano Giambartolomei was assigned to investigate the claims in Sollecito’s “Honor Bound”.

Today he announces that his findings indicate that many claims are spurious and justify new charges being brought against Sollecito. Shadow-writer Andrew Gumbel, who recently published this self-incriminatory rant has also been named.

When the charges are filed several or some others who have been assiduously “helping” Sollecito (mostly for big bucks) such as book-agent Sharlene Martin might find themselves named also  

So Sollecito for sure and Knox most probably will be confronting the often-contradictory claims in their books, and saying whether they accept or reject each of them, which should put other book-writers who made false claims on the spot and maybe wind the whole FOA effort down.

We will be making our separate page on Sollecito’s various false claims live again. Main posters have posted a large number of corrections to Sollcito’s claims in the book. We have been putting them in correct page-order.

Miriam has kindly contributed this translation of today’s report in Il Messagero. Dr Giambartolomei only hints to the reporter what will be in his report which will quote all the passages in full for which Sollecito will have to account. 

Raffaele Sollecito Insults The PM And A New Trial Starts

As always everything [possible] is presumed and as always, in the case of the murder of Meredith Kercher, everything [possible] can be overturned at every verdict.

Even in the associated trials, such as the one for defamation (against PM Mignini) and contempt (against the police) for which Raffaele Sollecito, found guilty of the murder of Meredith Kercher along with his ex-girlfriend Amanda Knox, is being investigated along with the British journalist-author (now in absentia) Andrew Paul Gumbel.

Defamation, because many parts of the book “Honor Bound”, of which both are authors, contains for the prosecution various ignominious remarks.

More than simple phrases, entire chapters (allegedly) of the book are written in what is technically called “conclusione delle indagini” and requires the matter to be brought to justice, and therefore to trial.

[The book] starts by summarizing the main evidence (that was then proved to be wrong by the facts) against Sollecito.

The two being investigated write: “ the main proof that Mignini had to bring to the preliminary hearing were my Nikes… and he did everything possible to render them more incriminating…”

Then again “the police had only the pictures of my shoes (not those of the print) and in some way they came to the conclusion that my Nikes were the same brand, model and size as the shoeprints on the floor of Meredith’s apartment. There was no doubt about this”

Then the facts demonstrated that the shoe prints where of Rudy Guede, the third person condemned for the murder of the British student, and could not be those of Sollecito, because of the size.

Therefore this touches on the management of the trial on the part of Mignini. Sollecito-Gumbel write: “one of the reasons that our hearings were so distant one from the other was that Mignini was fighting his own separate legal battle for abuse of investigated activity.”

This connection goes to the case of the death of the Perugian Doctor Franceco Narducci, connected to the Monster of Florence case which Mignini had investigated.

Sollectito sustains: (defended in this case by Alfredo Brizioli) “I think our case, among other things, was a big diversion to keep the media’s attention away from the legal battle Mignini was having in Florence, and to give him the victory in a high profile case he so desperately needed to restore his reputation.”

The young Pugliese continues: “”¦..just as he did in the Monster of Florence case, Mignini used every instrument at his disposal against his critics and adversaries. The avalanches of legal action by part of Mignini had an inevitable icy effect , especially on the Italian press and this played a clear role in turning the public opinion against us.”

The charges against Sollecito and Gumbel are those of having sustained that it was Mignini’s idea to seek to obstruct the investigation as is from the beginning, it was a studied act to bend the investigation and turn the trial to his side.” 

This is a clear accusation in the eyes of the prosecutor Giuliano Giambartolomei: “His approach (Mignini’s), Sollecito is saying, was particularly vindictive…. This is enough for Sollecito to face charges of defamation.”

Important to note that Dr Giambartolomei does NOT explain here precisely what will be in his report. That will have to quote all the passages in full for which Sollecito may have to account. Then he or whatever prosecutor charges Sollecito will go to another depth.

With our analysis of the book and knowledge of Italian law we can probably pick many or most of the false claims made which impugn officals or the Italian system.

More posts coming. Stay tuned.


This is more refreshing news.  I had been curious about these investigations and impending cases as there has often been references to them but no concrete news.  I had begun to think this was just rumour.

I must say, though, that the article is a little weak as it could have included some more obvious examples than the shoes!  The example is a little rambling and could lead to readers being somewhat dismissive of it.

What about Papa Doc having to admit on television that his son’s claim that he was asked to throw Knox under the bus in exchange for some kind of deal was a lie?

Posted by thundering on 04/05/14 at 07:01 AM | #

I think we will see many cases come to fruition when the guilty verdicts are carved in stone finalised.

A veritable opening of the floodgates.

I can’t recall at this stage if Rita Ficarra has brought charges against Knox or not, having been named in her novel and all and this could be one of many to a whole crowd of people involved in the pro Knox sham.

Good choice of image of Knox on the heading of the piece showing her without any cosmetic PR treatment but instead she is captured looking like the hard faced person she is.

Posted by DF2K on 04/05/14 at 09:36 AM | #

Hi Thundering.

Thanks. Agreed. I added cautions before and after the big quote that there will be more soon. The prosecutor cannot make his full case to the press. But he will speak through 2 documents: his forthcoming report, and the charges when filed.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 04/05/14 at 12:47 PM | #


Agreed. After the final Cassation action the media caution and intimidation should go away.

Also other legal actions will start to move along. For a long time nobody - really nobody - in Italy followed all that was being said about them in the UK or US.

There are language problems of course and the PR was not beamed at Italy and those impugned are busy people and it is hard for them to hit back.

The Sollecito book was not put into Italian - Francesco weakly said that no Italian publisher was game.

The Knox book was put into Italian and Greman and I think Spanish. But HarperCollins Italy and HarperCollins UK got cold feet so UK and Italian versions never appeared.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 04/05/14 at 01:05 PM | #

The persistence of Italian justice seems to be revealed by the latest development in the Domenico Rancadore extradition case.

Last month he was released on bail in the UK after a British judge perversely ruled that extradition to Italy would breach his human rights due to prison conditions in Rancadore’s home country (the mafia goon seemingly has a heart problem. I bet he has, in common with most of his associates.)

The Met rearrested him yesterday following receipt of a new European Arrest Warrant from Italy.

Pay attention Obknoxious. You have a big “heart problem” but neither that nor any medical condition will help you avoid being ignominiously bundled back to Italy in cuffs.

Posted by Odysseus on 04/05/14 at 02:40 PM | #

Hi Odysseus

Bizarre that the judge ruled that about Italian prisons though some overcrowding is true - there are very few prisons (and prisoners, less than UK) and and a whole lot of new crime from illegal immigrants, so a prison building program is going on.

However one foreign reporter said Italian prisons normally resemble a Holiday Inn. Knox’s cell had a private bathroom and kitchenette and TV and her hair done by a professional. Concerts, plays, music, a library.

Here is one major campaigner who thinks its victims not perps that should get more of a break.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 04/05/14 at 03:13 PM | #

I was looking at Domenico Rancadore’s many images on Bing.

Looks like from all those shots of him and his wife Anne hiding their faces that the UK media are parked 24/7 right outside his gate. An Italian prison may come to seem nicer than that!

Also see this

Of course he was still under a sort of house arrest.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 04/05/14 at 03:19 PM | #

Hi, Peter.

Thank you for the clarification.  I look forward to the ultimate dénouement!!  Not before time, either!

Re the arrested mafia boss:

My thoughts, too, when I read that report this morning.  How could the British court consider that putting him in an Italian prison would breach his human rights!!  The British prisons are worse from what I know!

Posted by thundering on 04/05/14 at 05:07 PM | #

Some in the opposing camp have accused the Kerchers of ‘hiring’ the local coroner in Croydon to issue a verdict of unlawful death for Meredith Kercher.

My reply here:

The coroner had a legal duty to investigate, so do you have any proof he was ‘hired by the Kerchers’, or are you guessing?

1) Duty to investigate certain deaths

(1) A senior coroner who is made aware that the body of a deceased person is within
that coroner’s area must as soon as practicable conduct an investigation into
the person’s death if subsection (2) applies.

(2) This subsection applies if the coroner has reason to suspect that—

(a) the deceased died a violent or unnatural death.

So back they come with more shite. My reply:

You are ignoring what I actually wrote in favour of more drivel. And you still haven’t proved your allegation the Kerchers ‘hired’ Dr. Palmer, for whatever purpose, you do not say. Dr. Palmer is a civil servant, and as I proved, it is his duty to record a cause of death for all bodies under his jurisdiction that died under unusual circumstances. If Meredith had died In an accident in Italy, his duty would have been exactly the same, under the act.

I find this unseemly posturing by Amanda Knox supporters and attacks on the Kercher family, as if they have done any thing wrong, to be extremely disgraceful.

Posted by Ergon on 04/06/14 at 07:19 PM | #

There’s something about Sollecito that indicates he’s not the full shilling (even if we weren’t aware he was involved in the crime)imo. The image at the top shows this well I think. A combination of insouciance and arrogance.

Posted by Odysseus on 04/07/14 at 01:51 PM | #
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