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Knox codefendant Sollecito traveled to Austria

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FLORENCE, Italy — Amanda Knox’s ex-boyfriend left Italy and drove to Austria while an appeals court deliberated his fate, police said Friday, but he eventually returned to Italy and surrendered his passport following their joint conviction in the killing of British student Meredith Kercher.

Raffaele Sollecito’s lengthy travels were revealed on the same day that Knox made clear she would never voluntarily return to Italy to serve the 28½-year sentence handed down by an appeals court.

‘‘I will never go willingly back to the place,’’ she said on ABC’s Good Morning America program. ‘‘I’m going to fight this until the very end. It’s not right, and it’s not fair.’’

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