US senator hails 'fair hearing' for Knox
One of Amanda Knox's home-state senators on Monday hailed an Italian court ruling that set the US student free after a four-year fight to prove her innocence in a murder and sexual assault case.
"Amanda's parents, family and friends have been through an incredible ordeal. We are all thankful that she will be free to return to Seattle as soon as possible," said Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell.
"I am glad that the appeals court gave Amanda the fair hearing that she deserves. All countries must live up to their international commitments to provide a fair trial by an impartial tribunal to those accused of crimes," Cantwell said in a statement.
Knox, a 24-year-old Seattle native, sobbed as the verdict was read out in the courtroom in the central Italy city of Perugia, and her parents burst into tears.
She was found guilty of slander for falsely identifying the owner of a bar where she worked as a waitress as the killer in her first interrogation just days after the November 1, 2007 murder.
Knox was sentenced to time already served and will have to pay compensation.
She was driven back to the Capanne prison near the town and discharged to be reunited with her family. She was expected to leave Italy on Tuesday.
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