Raffaele Sollecito
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Raffaele Sollecito is very happy, says lawyer

3 October 2011 Last updated at 22:30 BST

Raffaele Sollecito and Amanda Knox have been acquitted of the murder of UK student Meredith Kercher following a successful appeal in Perugia, Italy.

Miss Knox, 24, and her ex-boyfriend Mr Sollecito, 27, had spent nearly four years in jail since they were convicted of killing the 21-year-old, from London, in 2007.

Mr Sollecito's lawyer Giulia Bongiorno told the BBC's Luisa Baldini outside the court, the verdict was what they had been expecting.