What does it take to bring criminal charges against a person? Evidence, motive and past behavioral history of the accused that would be able to predict whether such a person was capable of certain actions. However, the Italian judicial system has shown the world that in the case of Raffaele Sollecito, the concepts of a medieval witch hunt are still acceptable in modern society in order to obtain a conviction.
It has been almost eight long years since Raffaele Sollecito’s nightmare began. The facts of the case have not changed. The only reason Raffaele has not been permitted to move on with his life is that he is an alibi witness for his codefendant, who is also innocent.
There has never been anything to tie Raffaele to this heinous crime. Every single charge the prosecution brought against Raffaele is outrageous and fabricated. Evidence against Raffaele was never present to begin with ;It was simply created in order for the prosecution to have a reason to convict him. If the prosecution shows anything once lies are created, it is impossible to keep up with.
The prosecution was so hell-bent on convicting Raffaele that they did not check to see if their lies had matched up with the concrete evidence found within the murder victim’s and Raffaele’s apartments. The term “kangaroo court,” which has been used to describe the trials of Raffaele, is well deserved. The inconsistencies of the charges against Raffaele are so unbelievably obvious that it would be completely impossible for the judges and prosecution not to recognize that something was not right, and that an innocent man was being framed for a crime he had absolutely nothing to do with.
In most murder cases, an autopsy is carried out to determine the time of death. This one was no different. The results of the autopsy would show that the time of death of the murder victim was between 9:30PM-10PM on 1 November 2007. This finding was due to the location of the food in the victim’s intestines.
In addition to the autopsy results, evidence of activity on Raffaele’s computer showed that it was completely impossible for him to have taken part in the murder. At 9:10PM a recording of the movie Amelie was manually ended. A few minutes later, at 9:26 PM, another recording was started, that of the anime program Naruto. Earlier testimony was also by Jovanna Popovich, who had stated that she had stopped by Raffaele’s apartment at 8:40PM to inform him that she no longer needed a ride to the bus station. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that Raffaele, knowing that he did not have to go out, decided to spend the evening relaxing at home instead.
It would only be logical for Raffaele to have watched the recording of Naruto. This would mean that his computer activity ended at around 9:46 PM, which proves beyond a doubt that Raffaele is completely innocent, because it makes the accusations of the prosecution physically impossible.
A hero is always remembered as one who has struggled and lain down his life for the good of others. That is how Raffaele should be remembered. Although Raffale knew his codefendant for only nine days, he never once threw her under the bus.
Raffaele should be remembered as a hero since, because of him, an innocent person was not sentenced to life in prison. However, the sad reality is that no matter what Raffaele has done, he’s always remembered as the invisible victim.
Raffaele is the man in the background whome so many others fail to recognize. This fact is more pronounced than ever. It can clearly be seen in publications such as Newsweek. Neither Raffaele’s name nor his photo is displayed on the cover. To an outsider who knows nothing about the case, it would be hard to know that Raffaele even exists.
On 25 March the sole way true justice for Raffaele will be granted if is “his”side is finally heard. It will clearly be seen that the only reason Raffaele is being persecuted is because he has chosen to speak only the truth, that he is innocent.
Legal strategies may have changed, but what remains the same is that Raffaele Sollecito is innocent.