Amanda Knox co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito leaves the Udine police station, northern Italy, Friday, Jan 31, 2014. Police on Friday found Amanda Knox's ex-boyfriend near Italy's border with Slovenia and Austria, hours after he and the American student were convicted for a second time in the death of British student Meredith Kercher. They brought him to the Udine police station, took his passport and put a stamp in his Italian identity papers showing that he cannot leave the country, as mandated by the appeals court in Florence. (AP Photo/Paolo Giovannini) (The Associated Press)
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Amanda Knox prepares to leave the set following a television interview, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 in New York. To many Americans, especially in her hometown of Seattle, Amanda Knox seems the victim, unfairly hounded by a capricious foreign legal system for the death of a 21-year-old British woman. But in Italy and elsewhere in Europe, others see her as someone who got away with murder, embroiled in a case that continues to make global headlines and reinforces a negative image of Americans behaving badly _ even criminally _ abroad without any punishment. As she remains free in the U.S., these perceptions will not only fuel the debate about who killed Meredith Kercher in 2007 and what role, if any, Knox played in her death, but also about whether U.S. authorities should, if asked, send her to Italy to face prison. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) (The Associated Press)
ROME – The ex-boyfriend of Amanda Knox says he wasn't fleeing Italy when he drove to Austria while an appeals court deliberated his fate in the death of a British student.
In an interview with U.S. broadcaster NBC News broadcast Friday, Sollecito said he had been planning to take a trip outside Italy if acquitted, and turned back from Austria as soon as he learned he had been convicted a second time for the 2007 slaying of Meredith Kercher.
He said he checked into the first hotel once back in Italy because he was tired. Police found him there Friday morning, and confiscated his passport and ID papers, as called for by the court.
Sollecito told NBC: "I didn't want to flee, or to get away because I actually went back."