Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
WASHINGTON

Knox talks of Italy ordeal in TV interview as book published

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Washington, D.C., April 30 - Amanda Knox, the US
student who was accused and tried for murdering a British
roommate in the Italian city of Perugia in 2007, said her
experience in Italy was "surreal".
In her first television interview in the US since
publishing "Waiting to be Heard", the book she wrote on her
experience of the Italian justice system, Knox told ABC's Diane
Sawyer, "I want the truth to come out. I'd like to be
reconsidered as a person. What happened to me was surreal, but
it could have happened to anyone".
The full interview with Sawyer will be broadcast Tuesday
night, but the network has already issued some clips on its
website.
Recounting her travails in Italy - Knox was serving a
26-year sentence for the murder of Meredith Kercher when an
appeals court overturned a lower court's ruling in 2011, setting
her free to return to the US.
"I was in the courtroom when they were calling me a devil.
I mean it's one thing to called certain things in the media and
then it's another thing to be sitting in a courtroom fighting
for your life while people are calling you a devil," Knox said.
"For all intents and purposes I was a murderer, whether I
was or not. And I had to live with the idea that that would be
my life," Knox, who lives in her hometown of Seattle,
Washington, said.
Knox's Italian boyfriend at the time, Raffaele Sollecito,
was also accused in the murder.
Sollecito, who had been sentenced to 25 years in jail, was
also acquitted in 2011.
However, both Knox's and Sollecito's ordeal is not yet
over.
On March 25, Italy's supreme Court of Cassation overturned
the 2011 acquittal, setting the stage for a retrial at the
appeals level.
While a new trial is expected to take place by the summer in
Florence, US authorities could invoke the principle of
double-jeopardy, arguing that a person cannot be convicted of
the same offence twice, and so refuse to extradite Knox back to
Italy.

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