Rafael Ricardi was released conditionally from prison last week after DNA tests showed he was innocent of the rape he was jailed for almost 13 years ago. He is now waiting for the Supreme Court revokes the sentence of 36 years. Ricardi maintained in the beginning that he had never set eyes on the two witnesses who testified against him or the girl he was alleged to have raped. He later confessed to the crime after he had been sentenced and jailed when he realised it was the only way he would get certain benefits in jail. A native of El Puerto de Santa Maria in Cadiz province, Ricardi told reporters last week: “It hurts me that no-one has asked me to forgive them.” Justice Minister Mariano Fernandez Bermejo later said the case had been a “lamentable error”.


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