Rudy Guede's Testimony (Hellmann) (English)
Rudy Guede has been called by the prosecution to refute evidence by the defence witnesses Mario Alessi and other prisoners, who have testified about conversations that Guede allegedly had with them in prison.
Guede confirms that he knew Alessi, De Cesare, Castellucio and Trinca but is unequivocal in his denial of discussing any details of the case with them.
The Judge has cautioned Guede that he cannot be compelled to make statements that compromise his own legal process. However, both the prosecution and the Knox/Sollecito defense try to broaden the scope of questioning, despite ineffectual objections from Guede's lawyer.
The prosecutor seizes the opportunity to produce a letter, written by Guede in 2010, that, according to him, was sent to his lawyers, but found its way to News Mediaset. The letter reiterates that Guede has never confided details of the case to Alessi or any other prison inmates. The letter ends "...I hope that sooner or later the Judges become aware of my complete innocence in what was a horrible murder of a splendid beautiful girl that was Meredith by Raffaele Sollecito and Amanda Knox." He is pressed by Knox's defence to explain why he wrote this and firstly says, "I wrote it because it is a thought that is always been inside me." He goes on to say that what he wrote was "very true" and then further explains, "So, if I wrote those words is because they are and always have had them in my mind. It is not up to me to decide who is the one who killed Meredith, in my statements that I made in my trial I always said who had been in that house on that cursed night, therefore I am not saying anything new. I simply put down in writing my thoughts and I conveyed them in concrete terms, all here."
This is an English language translation of the testimony. See Rudy Guede's Testimony for the original Italian transcript.
CPH Claudio Pratillo Hellmann Judge Presidente GM Giuliano Mignini prosecutor pubblico ministero RG Rudy Guede witness being questioned CDV Carlo Dalla Vedova Knox defense lawyer avvocato LG Luciano Ghirga Knox defense lawyer avvocato DCS Defence Counsel Saccarelli Guede defense lawyer avvocato GC Giancarlo Costagliola Prosecutor Procuratore Generale FM Francesco Maresca Kercher civil lawyer MZ Massimo Zanetti Judge
Translation of Guede's deposition at AK/RS appeals trial June 27, 2011. Translated from the Italian court transcript: Media:Testimony 06 27 11.pdf
The witness was cautioned in accordance with Article 197.2 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, Legal practice Formula.
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