January 31, 2014 |
Italian police found Amanda Knox's ex-boyfriend at a hotel near the Austrian border Friday after a court in Florence reversed their acquittal in the 2007 killing of her British roommate. Raffaele Sollecito told police that he drove into Austria "to rest" while the jury deliberated, but then returned to Italy, according to a report by the Italian news agency ANSA. He was found in Venzone, about 25 miles from the border. Sollecito's lawyer, Luca Maori, told ANSA that his client never considered fleeing the county and willingly went with police to turn in his passport, as required by the court.
January 30, 2014 |
FLORENCE, Italy - American student Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend were found guilty Thursday in the 2007 slaying of Knox's British roommate, as an Italian appeals court reversed the two defendants' 2011 acquittal. Judge Alessandro Nencini sentenced Knox to 28 years and six months in prison, more than the 26 years she received after being convicted in the first trial in 2009. The former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, was sentenced to 25 years, the same sentence he received previously, and was instructed to hand over his passport and forbidden to leave the country pending confirmation of the decision by Italy's Supreme Court.
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January 27, 2014 |
Attorneys for the family of an Italian honeymooner who was killed when a driver allegedly plowed into a crowd on the Venice boardwalk announced Monday that they have filed a claim for damages against the city of Los Angeles. "We believe this tragedy could have been avoided had the city acted in a timely manner," attorney Gregory L. Bentley said in a statement. He is representing of Alice Gruppioni, 32, who was allegedly run over by Nathan Louis Campbell, 38, on Aug. 3 as his car careened down the Venice beach boardwalk.
January 15, 2014 |
The International Olympic Committee official who supervised the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy, criticized the United States on Wednesday for including openly gay athletes in its official delegation to Sochi, Russia, next month. IOC member Mario Pescante was quoted by Italian media as saying he considered it "absurd" that the U.S. government was sending openly homosexual representatives to the Feb. 7-23 Games, alluding to the Russian parliament's enactment of a law criminalizing homosexual "propaganda.
January 2, 2014 |
Italian automaker Fiat plans to take full control of Chrysler Group by buying out the shares held by a United Auto Workers union-controlled trust fund. The union and Fiat reached a deal on New Year's Day for the automaker to acquire the 41.5% of Chrysler's shares that were held by the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust. Fiat already acquired the rest of Chrysler's shares through a deal launched during the bankruptcy restructuring of the Auburn Hills, Mich., automaker in 2009.
December 26, 2013 |
The film "12 Years a Slave" is based on the true story of a free black man who was kidnapped into slavery in the pre-Civil War American South. But posters for its Italian release have marginalized Chiwetel Ejiofor, who stars as the protagonist, in favor of large head shots of white actors Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender. Pitt, who produced the film, has a relatively small role, and Fassbender has a supporting part as a cruel slave owner. A spokesman for Lionsgate -- whose subsidiary Summit Entertainment is handling sales of the film to overseas distributors -- issued a statement disavowing responsibility for the posters, which were created for the film's Italian distributor, BIM. INTERACTIVE: '12 Years a Slave': Steve McQueen, Chiwetel Ejiofor on key scenes It said the the posters "were unauthorized and were not approved by any of the producers or licensors of the film," and that Summit "is investigating and taking immediate action to … have those posters currently in the marketplace recalled.