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Kercher body cleared for burial
Meredith Kercher
Miss Kercher was an exchange student in the Italian city of Perugia
A second post-mortem will not be carried out on the body of murdered British student Meredith Kercher.

Italian lawyers and experts decided there was enough information from the first post-mortem to establish the time and cause of death on 1 November.

The decision, sent to lawyers concerned with the case, means Ms Kercher's family can arrange a funeral.

Four people are being treated as suspects in the 21-year-old exchange student's murder.

Funeral planning

Ms Kercher, a Leeds University student from Coulsdon, south London, died after her throat was cut in her apartment in the Italian town of Perugia.

Her body was flown back to the UK on November 11, and the family's lawyer said the family were pleased a second post-mortem was not necessary.

Lawyer Francesco Maresca said: "I have spoken to the family and they are obviously glad that they will now be able to bury their daughter.

"They had been hoping that there would be no need for a second examination on the body and will now move on to planning the funeral."

Violence, I'm afraid, is world-wide spread; victims are everywhere
Peter Hurd

Ms Kercher's housemate Amanda Knox, 20, is in custody, as is Italian Raffaele Sollecito, 23.

Rudy Hermann Guede, 20, an Ivorian with joint Italian nationality, was arrested in Germany and is awaiting extradition.

A fourth man, Congolese bar owner Diya Lumumba, 38, was released from custody last week but remains a suspect in the case.

All four deny sexually assaulting and murdering Ms Kercher.

A hearing about a second post-mortem was held before Perugia's public prosecutor, Claudia Matteini, on Monday and Tuesday.

Alibi

The hearing was requested by Mr Lumumba's lawyers as they sought to establish a more accurate time of death and thereby back up his alibi.

Mr Sollecito's lawyers have also requested that he is re-interviewed by police so that he can clarify several parts of his original story.

A service of remembrance for Ms Kercher took place at the University of Perugia on Wednesday.

Peter Hurd, an English Anglican lay minister who lives in Umbria, addressed about 60 people who had come to the service dedicated to both Ms Kercher and all young victims of violence.

He said: "The result of a recent crime here, an international crime, shows us that violence is not confined to nations, not confined to cultures, not confined to religions.

"Violence I'm afraid is world-wide spread; victims are everywhere."



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