Antonio Aiello's Testimony (English)
Summary of Antonio Aiello's Testimony
Antonio Aiello is a lawyer of Albanian heritage living in Perugia at the time of the murder. His involvement in the trial is through Hekuran Kokomani, the Albanian witness, who testified that he saw Amanda Knox, Raffaele Sollecito, and Rudy Guede together outside of the cottage the night of the murder.
- Antonio Aiello testified that he met Hekuran Kokomani through mutual friends when he was working on a farm and that he has known him for 15-20 years. In that time he has never known Hekuran Kokomani to lie or be dishonest.
- Kokomani called Aiello in mid-November to discuss an undisclosed matter. As both were headed to the homeland for the holidays they agreed to meet after the holidays. Aiello states that they met mid-January and when asked if that was January 18 by prosecutor, Aiello agrees that it likely was.
- At the January 18 meeting Kokomani asked Aiello if he knew about the murder and he said that he did not as he had not kept abreast of Perugia news while in Albania. Kokomani said that he saw the people who did it. It was a girl, a boy, and a black man.
- Mignini asked about the number of knives. At the preliminary hearing Kokomani testified that both Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito had knives. Aiello said that Kokomani mentioned Amanda Knox had a knife but did not mention Sollecito having one. Aiello said that as soon as he heard the beginning, he stopped Kokomani and insisted that he go to the prosecutor. Kokomani agreed that he would but only if Aiello came with him and kept his name private.
- Aiello testified that at a dinner with some Albanians Kokomani had learned that someone was offering €100,000 to get the witness to not testify or for his name. At this point Kokomani's name was still secret. Aiello testified that Kokomani told him that he was threatened and his family in Albania was threatened a few days after his name was made public. The threats stated that Kokomani should not get involved and that he should not testify.
- On cross-examination Aiello was asked if Kokomani had any issues with the law. Aiello said yes, he was advising Kokomani on an issue that fell under client privilege. When asked if he was aware of any other criminal proceedings against Kokomani, Aiello said yes, there was a charge for private violence.
- Luca Maori attempted to ask about a leak of Kokomani's statement to a newspaper but this line of questioning was not allowed to proceed.
- Giulia Bongiorno asked if Aiello had told Kokomani about a €10,000 offer from Porta Porta for an interview to which Aiello responded that he advised Kokomani to not give any interviews until after the preliminary hearing. Bongiorno asked about a interview Kokomani gave Channel 5. Aiello said Kokomani agreed to do that interview only if they kept his face concealed.
Antonio Aiello's Testimony
Key to abbreviations GCM Giancarlo Massei Judge Presidente GM Giuliano Mignini Prosecutor Pubblico Ministero AA Antonio Aiello Witness being questioned Lawyer of Hekuran Kokomani GB Giulia Bongiorno Sollecito defense lawyer Avvocato LM Luca Maori Sollecito defense lawyer Avvocato MC Manuela Comodi Prosecutor Pubblico Ministero CDV Carlo Dalla Vedova Knox defense lawyer Avvocato
The witness, cautioned in accordance with article 497 of the Criminal Procedure Code, reads the oath.
General information: Aiello Antonio, born in Saronno on 6 June 1986, resident at Todi in corso Cavour 67.