Two prosecutors in Perugia, where Miss Kercher was murdered, face accusations of wasting 182,000 euros (£150,000) of public money by commissioning a controversial 3D video which purported to show how the murder unfolded.The contentious video, which defence lawyers said was based on circumstantial evidence, showed Miss Kercher being held down and stabbed to death by Miss Knox and her two co-accused.
The Leeds University student and her alleged murderers were represented in the 20 minute film by animated ‘avatars’. It was played on a big screen to the judge and jury in the original trial in 2009.
The National Audit Office is now investigating the prosecutors, Giuliano Mignini and his deputy, Manuela Comodi, on whether the video was a necessary part of their case.
If found culpable they could have to pay the money back to the prosecutors’ office.
Miss Kercher, from Surrey, was on a year-long course at Perugia’s University for Foreigners when she was brutally murdered on the night of Nov 1, 2007.
Miss Knox, from Seattle, and her then Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were found guilty of murder and sexual assault at their initial trial and sentenced to 26 years and 25 years in prison respectively.
They denied any involvement. After spending four years in jail, they were acquitted on appeal in October last year, partly on the basis of shaky DNA evidence.
The third person accused of the murder, Rudy Guede, was found guilty in a separate trial and is serving 16 years in jail. Miss Knox is rebuilding her life in Seattle and recently signed a lucrative book deal, while Mr Sollecito is studying information technology at Verona University.
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