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The ex-boyfriend of Amanda Knox said the report released this week by the Italian appeals court that reconvicted them of murder is "full of errors" and "a fiction" on TODAY Friday.
"I'm still detailing all the aspects of these reports, but basically it's full of errors,'' Sollecito told Savannah Guthrie in an interview from Treviso, Italy. "There are mistakes all over the pages. They invented new evidence. They pictured something happening that was never happening. They invented a fiction, a real fiction, inside their report. We are working to pinpoint every aspect on this report, and I will come up with the details of our appeal against this report."
Raffaele Sollecito and Knox have been convicted, acquitted and then were convicted again in January by an Italian court in the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher. On Tuesday, the appeals court released its explanation for reconvicting Knox and Sollecito, saying the two collaborated with the already-convicted Rudy Guede to murder Kercher and offering the new motive that an argument over money between Knox and Kercher escalated into violence.
Knox has disputed the court's version of events.
"I did not kill my friend,'' she told CNN in an interview Thursday night. "I did not wield a knife. I had no reason to.
"If I were there, I would've had traces of Meredith's broken body on me, and I would've left traces of myself around Meredith's corpse, and I am not there, and that proves my innocence. It's only speculation that convicts us. It's evidence that acquits us."
Knox did not attend the latest trial and has remained at her home in Seattle. Sollecito returned to Italy for the latest trial. Both of them intend to appeal the recent verdict, and Sollecito has no regrets about returning to Italy despite the potential consequences.
"I came back to Italy because here I have my dreams, my life, my friends, and I have nothing to hide,'' Sollecito said. "There's nothing against me, and nothing ever has been against me. I have really a clear conscience, and there's no reason for me to accept or understand the reason why I'm free, or I have to look at my back or my shadows for the rest of my life fleeing from this reality. I came back to face this ordeal because it is completely unbelievable. It is out of reality, and it's only a fiction."
Sollecito, who writes about his ordeal in his book, "Honor Bound: My Journey to Hell and Back With Amanda Knox," has called himself a "stranger" in these trials. He only knew Knox for six days and had only met Kercher twice when the murder occurred.
"Because I didn't know Meredith Kercher, I had no reason to argue with Amanda or with Meredith or with anybody in this case,'' he said. "I am completely a stranger in this case. There's nothing against me. No clue, no little piece of (suspicion), nothing at all. My position is even different from Amanda's one, so basically in this case, I have always been a stranger, and that's the reason why they still try to put me aside, to forget me, because there's no reason, there's no way to explain my participation in such a horrible murder."
Guthrie asked Sollecito's American attorney, John Q. Kelly, if it's possible Knox and his client can get a fair trial in this latest appeal.
"They did once and hopefully they'll get it again,'' Kelly said. "They'll be sent back for the appellate trial for a new hearing based on the evidence and lack of evidence."