Meredith Kercher's murder retrial is to proceed without both its main protagonists, as Amanda Knox's ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, has said he will not attend the first hearings but watch Italian prosecutors make the case against him from a secret location overseas. Knox had earlier made it clear she too would not be returning to Italy for a re-run of the murder case.

In an interview granted to IBTimes UK, Sollecito, 29, denies he was hiding from justice and reaches out to the family of the British student he is jointly accused with Knox of killing, begging them to open dialogue with him.

Read the full interview here:

Interviewed by Umberto Bacchi