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Amanda Knox back in court in Italy hoping to finally clear her name


Almost ten years after her acquittal in a notorious murder case, American-American Amanda Knox is back in court in Italy.

The now 36-year-old appeared before the appeal court in Florence on Wednesday because she wants to obtain another acquittal in connection with the murder of a British exchange student in 2007. Knox now lives in the US.

The murder of 21-year-old Meredith Kercher in the central Italian city of Perugia made headlines around the world in 2007. One of her roommates, an American woman a year younger than her, quickly came under suspicion.

Amanda Knox was initially sentenced to a long prison term. She spent four years in prison before being acquitted of the murder charge in 2015.

However, another judgment still hangs over her head. After her arrest, Knox initially accused a friend of hers, an obviously innocent bartender, of the crime. She was sentenced to three years in prison for defamation.

That verdict was also overturned later in 2019 by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. With the new lawsuit she has filed, Knox now hopes to achieve a complete acquittal of the defamation charge.

It has still not been established who murdered the young British woman.

A 20-year-old man whose fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime was convicted of accessory to murder. He has since been released. The Amanda Knox case later formed the basis for several books, films and a TV series.

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