Raffaele Sollecito today denied accusing his ex-girlfriend, Amanda Knox, of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher.
Sollecito, addressing a court in Perugia, Italy, at the end of an appeal against his own conviction, said the claim was “totally untrue”.
The former student and Knox will learn this week whether they will walk free from jail following an 11-month appeal.
Prosecutors have fought a desperate battle to keep the couple behind bars for the killing they claim marked the gruesome finale to an extreme sex game forced on Miss Kercher.
Knox, 24, who was also due to address the court today, claims she had nothing to do with the violent death of the young woman she shared a house with while both were studying in Italy.
But others are adamant she is lying and played a leading role in the crime, accompanied by well-to-do Italian Sollecito and small-time drug dealer Rudy Guede.
Knox told an appeal court in Perugia today that she was innocent of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher, saying: ``I have paid with my life for things I did not commit.''
American Knox said she was betrayed by the Italian authorities after the killing of her flatmate, saying: "I am not who they say I am. The perversion, the violence, the lack of respect for life and I did not do the things they say I did. I did not kill, I did not rape, I did not steal. I was not there at the time.''