They both are involving foreigners. While the Italian Supreme Court orders a review in the Amanda Knox case where no evidence exists, Indian Court is obstructed by the Italian Government in a case involving its nationals, the Italian Marines convicted of Murdering Indian Fishermen.
This curious paradox of Italian behavior of double standards with regard to legal proceedings with regard to its ‘nationals’ and that of ‘other nationals’ is quiet baffling and is making Italians a laughing stock in legal circles.
US student Amanda Knox has said she will fight to clear her name after an Italian court overturned her acquittal for killing Briton Meredith Kercher.
Miss Knox and former Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito face a new trial over the 2007 killing in Perugia.
They were freed on appeal in 2011 after four years in jail, but Italy’s Supreme Court on Tuesday re-opened the case.
Miss Knox does not have to return from the US for the case, but if found guilty she could face extradition.
Miss Knox and Mr Sollecito were originally sentenced to 26 and 25 years in prison for murdering and sexually assaulting Meredith Kercher.
The Leeds University student was found with more than 40 knife wounds on her body, including a deep gash to the throat.
Prosecutors believe she died in a brutal sex game that went wrong.
Another man – Rudy Guede from Ivory Coast – was convicted in a separate trial and sentenced to 16 years for the killing.
In 2011 Miss Knox and Mr Sollecito were acquitted on appeal, largely on the grounds that DNA evidence was flawed.
But that decision has now been overturned by the Supreme Court after prosecutors argued that it was “contradictory and illogical”.
The court has not yet given a full explanation for its ruling on the appeal, but will announce its reasons within 90 days.
The new trial will be held in Florence rather than Perugia, where the original trial and appeal took place, although the date has not yet been set.
After her release in 2011, Miss Knox returned to the US.
Both she and Mr Sollecito – now a student in Verona – have written books about the case.
Mr Sollecito’s was published last year.
Miss Knox’s book – titled Waiting to be Heard – is due out on 30 April.
Irrespective of the outcome of this new trial ordered by Italian Supreme Court against Amanda Knox, it quiet a paradox that Italian Government wants to resolve a more clear cut and straight murder of two Indian Fishermen through diplomacy, even as their case were under the purview of an Indian Court.
It makes us wonder, should the US Government be refusing to extradite Amanda Knox in case of conviction during the retrial and request a resolution through ‘diplomacy’ or ask for an undertaking by Italian Foreign Ministry that Amanda Knox would not be arrested or punished, then what the reaction of Government of Italy would be?