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Amanda Knox's husband lashes out at Meredith Kercher's 'cruel' murderer Rudy Guede

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Amanda Knox’s husband has lashed out at Meredith Kercher’s ‘cruel’ murderer after he denied stabbing the British student to death and made the pointed suggestion that Knox ‘knows the truth and I know the truth.’

Rudy Guede, 34, said he ‘just wanted to be forgotten’ when he was granted early release last Tuesday after serving 14 years in prison for the murder and sexual assault of 21-year-old Kercher in Perugia, Italy.   

But the Ivorian has spoken out just days later to deny he killed Kercher, claiming the ‘(legal) documents say others were there and that I did not inflict the fatal wounds.’ 

Knox, Kercher’s American housemate, spent four years in prison for the crime but was acquitted in 2015, along with her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito.

Knox’s husband Christopher Robinson hit back at Guede, slamming the ‘lies of Rudy Guede who without a doubt killed Meredith Kercher.’ 

‘This is cruel to Amanda as well as the Kercher family,’ he added.

It comes after Guede told The Sun: ‘The court convicted me of being an accessory to murder purely because my DNA was there but the (legal) documents say others were there and that I did not inflict the fatal wounds.’

Asked if he was speaking about Knox and Sollecito, he told the paper: ‘I don’t want to say anything other than she should read the documents.

‘As I told you, they say others were there and that I did not inflict the stab wounds. 

‘I know the truth and she knows the truth.’

Rudy Guede was freed from prison in Italy on Tuesday, after spending 13 years behind bars. He is seen before his freedom was fully restored, while on day release in Italy. Guede was first offered day release from Viterbo jail in 2017

Knox's husband (left) lashed out at Guede's claims, slamming the 'lies of Rudy Guede who without a doubt killed Meredith Kercher.' 'This is cruel to Amanda as well as the Kercher family. All for a few clicks. Shame,' he added.

Knox’s husband (left) lashed out at Guede’s claims, slamming the ‘lies of Rudy Guede who without a doubt killed Meredith Kercher.’ ‘This is cruel to Amanda as well as the Kercher family. All for a few clicks. Shame,’ he added. 

Meredith Kercher, from Coulsdon, near London, who was murdered in Perugia while taking part in a study abroad scheme as a student in 2007

Kercher

Meredith Kercher, from Coulsdon, near London, who was murdered in Perugia while taking part in a study abroad scheme as a student in 2007

Knox and Sollecito both spent four years in prison after their convictions. Knox was also convicted of defamation for wrongly accusing Patrick Lumumba, a bar owner, of the murder. Pictured: Knox and Sollecito in 2007

Knox and Sollecito both spent four years in prison after their convictions. Knox was also convicted of defamation for wrongly accusing Patrick Lumumba, a bar owner, of the murder. Pictured: Knox and Sollecito in 2007

Raffaele Sollecito, seen in July, is now an IT expert, based in Milan

Raffaele Sollecito, seen in July, is now an IT expert, based in Milan

Guede, was described as a ‘drifter’, without a steady job or income. Prosecutors argued that he broke into Kercher and Knox’s house to steal their rent money, knowing it would be there in cash as it was the end of the month.

His DNA was found at the scene, but he told The Sun that that is because he tried to help Kercher. 

‘I’ve got blood on my hands because I tried to save her not kill her,’ he said.

‘The court accepted that I tried to save her by putting towels on her wounds.’  

Guede expressed his condolences to the British family. 

‘I want to say is to the Kercher family and how sorry I am for their loss,’ he said.

‘I have written a letter to them in which I explain to them how sorry I am but it’s too late to say sorry for not doing enough to save Meredith.’

Knox has not commented on Guede’s remarks, although she did retweet her husbands tweet branding the killer’s claims to The Sun ‘cruel.’ 

Kercher’s brother, Lyle, said of Guede’s release: ‘We knew this day would arrive but the suddenness — and lack of advance warning — has caught us off guard.’ 

Guede was found guilty of the murder in 2008 after his DNA was discovered on Kercher’s body – despite his claims that he was in the bathroom listening to music when she was killed.

Kercher, from Coulsdon, Surrey, was killed just two months after moving to Italy for a study abroad program at Perugia’s prestigious university.

Her body was found in her bedroom, partially undressed, with multiple stab wounds. 

Guede’s fingerprints were found at the scene along with a palm print in blood belonging to him.

He admitted to having been at the apartment but has always denied killing or sexually assaulting Kercher. 

He said he had gone into a ‘state of shock’ after finding her dead after he returned from the bathroom.

Following the murder, Guede fled by train to Germany where he was arrested days later.

He was charged with her murder and sexual assault and handed down a 30-year sentence, which was later cut to 16 years by an appeals court.

Knox and Sollecito both spent four years in prison after their convictions. 

Knox was also convicted of defamation for wrongly accusing Patrick Lumumba, a bar owner, of the murder.

Lumumba spent two weeks in jail, only being released when someone came forward with an alibi.

Knox and Sollecito were acquitted in 2011 only to be convicted again in 2014 by a Florentine appeals court.

The appeals court ruled that the injuries inflicted on Kercher’s body could not have been inflicted by Guede alone.

However in 2015, Italy’s highest court overturned the decision in a final ruling, saying Knox and Sollecito’s convictions were the result of ‘stunning flaws’ in the investigation.  

Knox being escorted into court on September 26, 2008

Knox being escorted into court on September 26, 2008

Amanda Knox in a recent photo from her Twitter account

Knox has always insisted that she was innocent of Kercher's murder

Amanda Knox in recent posts from her social media account. Knox hosts a podcast with her novelist husband Christopher Robinson called Labyrinths in which they ‘delve into stories of getting lost and found again through compassionate interviews, philosophical rants, and playful debate with fascinating people’

Amanda Knox is seen in an Instagram photo. She now lives on an island off the coast of Seattle and makes podcasts

Amanda Knox is seen in an Instagram photo. She now lives on an island off the coast of Seattle and makes podcasts

Guede has previously been described as a model prisoner who put the past behind him and spent his days studying for his master’s degree.  

‘Unfortunately there are many media outlets and newspapers that want to interview Rudy,’ said Claudio Mariani, a professor of criminology who helped with Guede’s rehabilitation.

‘I say “unfortunately” because Rudy is not a star and after 14 years he just wants to be forgotten.

‘There is nothing more to add to this story apart from the fact that the life of a young British woman was cut short and from her family we learned dignity and the value of silence.’ 

Guede has been living outside jail on probation in the town of Viterbo since last year after his sentence was reduced for good behavior. 

‘It’s the conclusive moment of a very sad affair,’ Fabrizio Ballarini, his lawyer, told the Italian press. 

Rudy Guede was due to be formally released on January 4 but his lawyer on Tuesday confirmed his early release had been granted for good behavior (pictured: Guede after a court hearing in Perugia September 16, 2008)

Rudy Guede was due to be formally released on January 4 but his lawyer on Tuesday confirmed his early release had been granted for good behavior (pictured: Guede after a court hearing in Perugia September 16, 2008)

Guede is seen before he was freed, during his day release in Italy

Guede is seen before he was freed, during his day release in Italy

Meredith Kercher's killer Rudy Guede (pictured waving from the window of a volunteer centre in 2016, file photo) has ben formally released from prison, 14 years after the grisly murder

 Meredith Kercher’s killer Rudy Guede (pictured waving from the window of a volunteer centre in 2016, file photo) has ben formally released from prison, 14 years after the grisly murder

Guede, 34, (pictured playing chess, file photo) was found guilty after his DNA was discovered on Kercher's body despite his claims that he was in the bathroom when she was killed

Guede, 34, (pictured playing chess, file photo) was found guilty after his DNA was discovered on Kercher’s body despite his claims that he was in the bathroom when she was killed

‘First thoughts must to go the victim and her family. Rudy has undergone an excellent course of reeducation.’ 

Guede is studying for a master’s in historical sciences at Roma Tre university and Ballarini previously told judges of his ‘high level of social integration’ and ‘irreproachable conduct.’

He was first offered day release from Viterbo prison in 2017 and he started working as a researcher and librarian at the Centre for Crime, Judicial and Sociological studies.

He lost an appeal to have his case overturned but has won the support of local activists who have helped him to reintegrate.

Guede even set up a chess tournament for the residents of Viterbo. 

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Shonekan’s death major loss to Nigeria, private sector -Osinbajo

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the late head of Nigeria’s Interim National Government, Ernest Shonekan, was highly consequential as a leader in the private sector who impacted economic policy in Nigeria.

This is as he described Shonekan’s demise as a major loss to the country.

Osinbajo stated this on Sunday when he paid a condolence visit to the family of the late head of the Interim National Government, in Lagos.

Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity Laolu Akande, disclosed this in a statement he signed late Sunday titled ‘Shonekan was consequential as private sector leader, his death a major loss, says Osinbajo’.

The Vice President who visited in company of his wife, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, was received at the Ikoyi residence of the Shonekans by the late ING head’s widow, Margaret Shonekan, and the son Adeboye Shonekan.

Osinbajo described Shonekan’s death as “a very major loss for the country and for the private sector and even internationally.

“Here was a man who made an impact. He was one of the very first leaders in the private sector to shape economic policy in Nigeria, and his role in that respect was very significant.”

During the visit, the Vice President also signed the condolence register thus: “We bless the name of the Lord for the excellent life of service to the country and to God, of our leader and father  Chief Ernest Shonekan, GCFR.

“We are proud of his contributions to the shaping of the modern Nigerian economy while being a leading light in the private sector. And for his statesmanship and leadership of the country at a time of great uncertainty in our nation.

“His integrity, legacy and high value service will remain evergreen in our memories. We pray that the Lord will comfort the family and may his memory be blessed forever. Amen.”

The Vice President also prayed for the family of the deceased business guru.

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Nigerians in diaspora key to revamping the economy, democracy, says Utomi

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Former presidential adviser, Prof Pat Utomi, who is also the leader of the National Consultative Front (NC Front), has said Nigerians in the diaspora have a crucial role to play in revamping the economy and saving the country’s democracy.

Utomi, who said this during a meeting with Nigerian professionals in Dallas, Texas, the United States at the weekend also noted that Nigerians in diaspora remit more money home than the country earns from the sale of crude oil, but have been denied the opportunity to fully participate in the democratic process by selfish politicians who fear the positive changes they will engender in the country’s democracy.

He said, “The Diaspora have higher competencies and a global network but is being blocked from their natural role in national rejuvenation by professional politicians in Nigeria who thrive on exclusion to achieve state capture, deserves a place at the table. The Diaspora remit more money home than Nigeria earns from crude oil sales. The Diaspora are high stakeholders with a moral obligation to help halt the drift in Nigeria.”

He urged Nigerians in the diaspora to partner the NC Front in ‘a shadow government’, which he said aims at developing policy plans to revive some critical sectors of the country’s economy that are lying comatose.

“The alternative government’s strategy involves a Marshal Plan type saturation investment in education, healthcare and the stimulation of markets that would further yield a prosperity paradox in infrastructure. The national economic strategy which is built on clusters of manufacturing hubs and technology parks in the six zones of Nigeria will drive global value chains anchored on the latent comparative advantage of each zone’s factor endowments and will produce a dramatic turnaround in Nigeria’s fortunes.

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He added that the NC Front will in the coming weeks announce a political party platform that will enable Nigeria to claim the promise of the founding fathers that peace and prosperity will define the future, in brotherhood, though tribe and tongue may differ.

“As soon as the current government is replaced there would be a diaspora global roadshow to showcase opportunities for diaspora joint ventures on the select endowments around which the value chains will be rolled out. This will quickly bring us to a full-employment economy and make Nigeria the true powerhouse of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

Utomi said Nigerians should reject both the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the major opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2023 as they both represent retrograde opportunism.

He said that as 2023 approaches that Nigerians must move away from the politics of big men to those of big ideas to save the country.

“It is this politics of big men that deluded many Nigerians to think Buhari would help eliminate corruption only for corruption to get worse on his watch. Governing has reached its lowest ebb in memory with Nigeria’s import bills having at its top two items Nigeria should be exporting, premium motor spirit and food. These kinds of failures were the tradition of the anti-people government of corrupt big men that APC and PDP represents. A government that cares for and loves its people will not have politicians obsessed with self-love when just a little thoughtfulness can reduce the sufferings of the people and accelerate the pace of progress. To achieve a purposeful, people-centred government requires leaders of integrity, character, and a heart for the people”, Utomi said.

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2023: Sen Adamu’s reconciliation c’ttee will position APC for victory – VON DG, Okechukwu

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The Director-General,  Voice of Nigeria, Osita Okechukwu, has said the Senator Abdullahi Adamu reconciliation committee is positioning the p

All Progressives Congress (APC) for 2023 electoral victory.

Okechukwu told newsmen in Abuja, yesterday, that the decision to set up the committee was one of the sterling achievements of the Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) led by Governor Mai Mala Buni.

The APC chieftain, who was a member of the sub committees in the merger process that formed APC, noted that the Adamu-led conciliation committee has been going about their responsibilities with uncommon insight, purpose and empathy.

He stated, “I will not be mistaken if one calls the Reconciliation Committee the nine wisemen, because they are generating germane responses and inputs that would help in strengthening our great party and turning it into a formidable national political movement on the eve of 2023 general elections.

“The committee yes has some challenges, nonetheless has recorded tremendous success that would position our great party for 2023 general elections.

“I think with this reconciliation move, APC is becoming the party the founding fathers envisioned and it is a thing of joy that the CECPC selected such claiber of persons to perform this onerous task.”

On reports about setbacks suffered by the committee in some states, Okechukwu, said, “Nobody expected the crisis dogging over 15 state chapters to be settled at once. All I know is that the Senator Adamu’s Committee has so far recorded huge successes in the South East, North West, North East, South West and South South.

“Yes, there are unresolved issues in states like Osun, Kwara and Adamawa, but my understanding is that reconciliation is a work in progress.”

The APC chieftain disclosed that he participated in the meeting for reconciliation of the three factions or tendencies in his home state, Enugu, remarking, “One was impressed with how diligent and painstaking Senator Adamu and his team grilled us. That one can say today that we are rebuilding APC Enugu State Chapter with Senator Ken Nnamani, former Governor Sulivan Chime and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geofrey Onyeama, which was mangled by the congresses.”

“It must be noted that the Committee rebuked us for playing blame games instead of building bridges for victory in the forthcoming 2023 general elections.

“Today, we are almost united, as we are harmonising at ward, local government and state levels. We hope before the end of this week, APC Enugu State chapter will reunite as one family.”

He expressed optimism that Abia, Gombe, Akwa Ibom and other states would comply with advisory template of the Senator Adamu’s Committee.

His words: “Based on what I have witnessed, the Senator Adamu Committee will reconcile all the prolonged crisis in the state chapters, which contributed to the delays in holding the party’s national convention.”

He recalled with pain that since June 2020, when the APC caretaker committee led by Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State, was inaugurated, the convention has been postponed several times.

He hoped that the efforts of Senator Adamu’s Committee will lead to seamless national convention, a mandate which President Buhari gave H.E. M.M. Buni CECPC.

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