Amanda Knox to appear in slander hearing in Italian court

31st May 2010, Comments 0 comments

US murder convict Amanda Knox will appear in court Tuesday to face charges of slandering the Italian police who questioned her over the 2007 slaying of her roommate, her lawyers' office told AFP.

The native of Seattle, Washington accused police of beating and intimidating her during questioning after the sex-murder of 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher in the university town of Perugia, central Italy.

Knox, now 22, was sentenced in December to 26 years in prison for murdering Kercher in a drug-fuelled sex game that turned violent.

She has appealed the conviction.

Knox's then Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and an Ivorian man, Rudy Guede, were also convicted of the murder.

Kercher was found November 2, 2007, semi-nude in a pool of blood under a duvet with multiple stab wounds to the neck in her room in the cottage she shared with Knox.

The Italian court came under harsh criticism from many who felt Knox was convicted only on circumstantial evidence and that the Italian press, which jurors were free to read, had assassinated her character.

A diplomatic furore arose after the verdict prompted a senator from Washington state to charge that Italy's judicial system was "flawed".

Knox herself later told a visiting Italian lawmaker that she felt her "rights were respected" in the trial and that it was "carried out correctly".

© 2010 AFP

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