Amanda Knox has called on Rudy Guede to ‘restore her wrongly damaged reputation’ and take full responsibility for the murder of Meredith Kercher as he completed his sentence for the killing.
Guede, 34, was formally released on Tuesday 14 years after the grisly murder and sexual assault of 21-year-old Kercher in Perugia, Italy, in November 2007.
He was convicted in 2008 for the murder that also saw Kercher’s American flatmate Knox and her Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito jailed but then sensationally acquitted.
Guede was found guilty after his DNA was discovered on Kercher’s body despite his claims that he was in the bathroom listening to music when she was killed.
In a thread posted on Twitter, Knox wrote on Tuesday that she wants Guede to help clear her name by admitting he acted alone in the murder.
She wrote: ‘Rudy Guede, the man who killed Meredith Kercher and falsely accused me, just had his sentence reduced yet again. He is now free, and his relationship with the Italian justice system is definitively over. How do you imagine I feel?
Amanda Knox (pictured) has called on Rudy Guede to ‘restore her wrongly damaged reputation’ and take full responsibility for the murder of Meredith Kercher
Guede (pictred), 34, was formally released on Tuesday 14 years after the grisly murder and sexual assault of 21-year-old Kercher in Perugia, Italy , in November 2007
Kercher’s (pictured) American flatmate Knox and her Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were jailed but then sensationally acquitted
‘When I was wrongly convicted of his crime, I was sentenced to 26 years. Guede, whose fingerprints were found in Meredith’s blood, whose DNA was on her body, and who immediately fled the country while I was helping the police, was sentenced to 30 years, reduced to 16 on appeal.
‘In 2020, after serving 13 years of that 16 year sentence, Guede was granted work-release to serve the remaining 3 years outside a prison wall.
‘Guede holds a tremendous power to heal others harmed by his actions. He has the power to tell the truth, to take responsibility, to stop blaming me for the rape and murder of Meredith Kercher, which a wealth of evidence shows he committed alone.’
Guede has been living outside jail on probation in the town of Viterbo since last year after his sentence was reduced for good behaviour.
He has always denied killing Kercher.
Knox continued: ‘Were he to actually acknowledge his responsibility, it would bring closure to the Kercher family, it would end the murky speculation around this case, it would restore my wrongly damaged reputation, and that of Raffaele.
‘His honesty would also end the slanted media coverage, which endlessly repeats the phrase “the only person who remains convicted of killing British student Meredith Kercher” which is true, but implies that there were multiple responsible parties.
Knox called on Guede to make amends for his crimes and admit he carried out the killing alone
‘There were not. Guede acted alone. And if he were to admit to his actions, then the media could simply refer to him without this convoluted phrasing: “Rudy Guede, the man who killed Meredith Kercher and blamed an innocent American girl.”
‘Guede could do all that right now. He could ask for forgiveness. And if he did, if he showed true remorse and signs that he was committed to an honest life and to making amends for his terrible crimes, I would applaud him, wish him well, and urge others to see his humanity.
‘People change. Has Rudy? They say the truth will set you free. Today he’s free, and he has yet to tell the truth, allowing others to continue bearing the burden of his guilt.’
Those who know the killer say he is a model prisoner who has put the past behind him and spends his days studying for his master’s degree.
‘Unfortunately there are many media outlets and newspapers that want to interview Rudy. I say “unfortunately” because Rudy is not a star and after 14 years he just wants to be forgotten,’ said Claudio Mariani, a professor of criminology who helped with Guede’s rehabilitation.
‘There is nothing more to add to this story apart from the fact that the life of a young British woman was cut short and from her family we learned dignity and the value of silence.’
Meredith Kercher’s killer Rudy Guede (pictured waving from the window of a volunteer centre in 2016, file photo) has ben formally released from prison, 14 years after the grisly murder
Guede, 34, (pictured playing chess, file photo) was found guilty after his DNA was discovered on Kercher’s body despite his claims that he was in the bathroom when she was killed
Pictured: Rudy Guede seen recently while on day release in Italy
Kercher, from Coulsdon, Surrey, was killed just two months after moving to Italy for a study abroad programme at Perugia’s prestigious university (pictured: in an undated photo released in November 2007)
Amanda Knox appearing as a TV guest on ‘Good Morning America,’ Thursday, September 29, 2016
‘It’s the conclusive moment of a very sad affair,’ Fabrizio Ballarini, his lawyer, told the Italian press. ‘First thoughts must to go the victim and her family. Rudy has undergone an excellent course of reeducation.’
Guede is studying for a master’s in historical sciences at Roma Tre university and Ballarini previously told judges of his ‘high level of social integration’ and ‘irreproachable conduct.’
He was first offered day release from Viterbo prison in 2017 and he started working as a researcher and librarian at the Centre for Crime, Judicial and Sociological studies.
He lost an appeal to have his case overturned but has won the support of local activists who have helped him to reintegrate.
Guede even set up a chess tournament for the residents of Viterbo.
Kercher, from Coulsdon, Surrey, was killed just two months after moving to Italy for a study abroad programme at Perugia’s prestigious university.
Her body was found in her bedroom, partially undressed, with multiple stab wounds.
Guede’s fingerprints were found at the scene along with a palm print in blood belonging to him.
He admitted to having been at the apartment but has always denied killing or sexually assaulting Kercher.
Pictured: Rudy Guede seen playing chess recently while on day release. Those who know the killer say he is a model prisoner who has put the past behind him and spends his days studying for his master’s degree
Pictured: Rudy Guede, left, is greeted by an unidentified person as he leaves the penitentiary for a temporary release of thirty-six hours, in Viterbo, Italy, on June 25, 2016
Rudy Guede was due to be formally released on January 4 but his lawyer on Tuesday confirmed his early release had been granted for good behaviour (pictured: Guede after a court hearing in Perugia September 16, 2008)
Knox and Sollecito both spent four years in prison after their convictions. Knox was also convicted of defamation for wrongly accusing Patrick Lumumba, a bar owner, of the murder. Pictured: Knox and Sollecito in 2007
Knox being escorted into court on September 26, 2008
He said he had gone into a ‘state of shock’ after finding her dead after he returned from the bathroom.
Following the murder, Guede fled by train to Germany where he was arrested days later.
He was charged with her murder and sexual assault and handed down a 30-year sentence, which was later cut to 16 years by an appeals court.
Knox and Sollecito both spent four years in prison after their convictions. Knox was also convicted of defamation for wrongly accusing Patrick Lumumba, a bar owner, of the murder.
Guede pictured being escorted by Italian penitentiary police officers as he leaves Perugia’s court after a hearing on September 26, 2008
Lumumba spent two weeks in jail, only being released when someone came forward with an alibi.
Knox and Sollecito were acquitted in 2011 only to be convicted again in 2014 by a Florentine appeals court.
The appeals court ruled that the injuries inflicted on Kercher’s body could not have been inflicted by Guede alone.
However in 2015, Italy’s highest court overturned the decision in a final ruling, saying Knox and Sollecito’s convictions were the result of ‘stunning flaws’ in the investigation.