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Judge rules out new Sollecito measures after Austria trip

Sollecito says made brief Austria trip to flee trial stress

31 January, 17:52
Judge rules out new Sollecito measures after Austria trip (see related stories) (ANSA) - Florence, January 31 - An Italian judge ruled out additional measures being taken against Raffaele Sollecito, who was convicted on Thursday along with ex-girlfriend Amanda Knox for the 2007 murder of British exchange student Meredith Kercher, after the young man said he had take a short trip to Austria in the last 24 hours to flee from stress.

Sollecito on Friday morning was forced to hand in his passport after police in Northern Italy notified him with a ban on foreign travel inflicted by the court as part of its ruling.

The judicial authorities took the measures ahead of the next legal step which will see the case goes to the supreme Court of Cassation in Rome.

Sollecito took a ride through Austria before handing in his passport, triggering press speculation that additional security measures could be implemented on him by the judicial authorities.

He denied allegations of attempting to flee, adding the brief trip was to relax from a stressful 12-hour court session Thursday. Sollecito was sentenced to 26 years in prison and Knox to 28 years and six months in the fourth verdict on the case.

"The measures have been introduced. That's it. He remains in Italy, and there is nothing more to say", Florence appeals court president Alessandro Nencini told ANSA on his ruling Thursday. He added that there was "no motive to imagine other" additional cautionary measures being applied on Sollecito.

No measures were taken against Amanda, who is in her native U.S.