Knox in Italy for first time since acquittal to discuss ‘murder I didn’t commit’

Amanda Knox has arrived in Italy for the first time since being acquitted of killing British student Meredith Kercher in Perugia.

The American former exchange student, 31, is due to take part in a panel discussion on wrongful convictions in Modena on Saturday.

Accompanied by her mother Edda Mellas and fiance Christopher Robinson at Milan’s Linate airport, she did not respond to reporters’ questions.

Amanda Knox arrives Italy to speak at the Criminal Justice Festival in Milan
Image: Knox will be speaking in Modena

Prior to her arrival she published an essay called “Your Content, My Life”, discussing her decision to accept an invitation from the Italy Innocence Project.

In it, she said that “while on trial for a murder I didn’t commit, my prosecutor painted me as a sex-crazed femme fatale”.

She added that the media “profited for years by sensationalising an already sensational and utterly unjustified story”.

It was “on us to stop making and stop consuming such irresponsible media”, she wrote.

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She had chosen “not to do interviews in the lead up to Italy, in the hopes that what I will say in Modena will speak for itself”, she said on Twitter.

Ms Knox added that she was “ever suspect of the press and media because of the loss of friends and supporters who found greater comfort in entertainment than truth”.

When it emerged last month that she was travelling to Italy, she tweeted: “The Italy Innocence Project didn’t yet exist when I was wrongly convicted in Perugia.

“I’m honoured to accept their invitation to speak to the Italian people at this historic event and return to Italy for the first time.”

Ms Kercher had her throat slashed and was stabbed 47 times
Image: Meredith Kercher was killed in November 2007

Ms Knox and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were convicted of the 2007 murder of 21-year-old Ms Kercher in 2009.

The Briton was stabbed 47 times and her throat slashed at the flat she shared with Ms Knox.

The American spent four years in prison, before being cleared on appeal in 2011.

Italian courts overturned the acquittal in 2014, but Italy’s highest court overturned the conviction definitively in 2015.

Judges ruled there had not been enough evidence to prove their wrongdoing beyond reasonable doubt, and said there were no “biological traces” firmly connecting them to the murder.

An immigrant from the Ivory Coast, Rudy Guede, is serving a 16-year jail sentence for the murder of Ms Kercher.

Prosecutors have maintained that the wounds sustained by Ms Kercher were inflicted by more than one person.

A conviction against Ms Knox for falsely accusing a bar owner in the case has been upheld.

Source: SKY NEWS

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