It is difficult to make a foreigner understand how the Italian judicial system works. Even more complicated to explain how it could happen, that two young people, Amanda and Raffaele, according to the Italian justice be innocent, and be kept on trial for eight years. Let’s talk about the murder in Perugia, the death of Meredith Kercher, provoked by the unknown hands of the assassins. Five court instances have failed to find out who really killed the young girl, with the result of only one person been convicted, Rudy Guede from the Ivory Coast.
No doubt, at this point, there is only one data that holds true, what the Supreme Court ruled out in recent days: Amanda and Raffaele have no relation to the crime whatsoever. But it is the combination of all the judgements passed in all these years that has made evident the defeat of the judicial system. According to the judges, it is certain that Rudy did not act alone, but with the complicity of someone still unknown. It would however, be wrong to attribute the responsibility for the failure solely to the justice system.
The phase relating to the investigations had its flaws; when we speak for example of the fact that we have confided too much on scientific investigations, which obviously have proved to be unable to identify the culprit, especially if the findings have been done in a rather careless manner. But there is also another data which should give us food for thought.
The relentless attacks of certain prosecuting courts against this or that suspect, this or that defendant, which in the case of Perugia, has led to the following result: who had fewer financial resources to defend himself as was the case of Guede, has been convicted. Those who could face up to these long years of legal proceedings paying out hundreds of thousands of dollars for attorneys and expert witnesses, eventually succeeded in proving their innocence. A justice based on class divisions which really gives one the chills.