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Amanda Knox reconvicted in slander case

Davide Ghiglione,Victoria Wong

EPA Amanda Knox arrives at a Florence courthouse with her husband and a lawyerEPA

Amanda Knox (center) arrives at a Florence courthouse with her husband.

A Florence court re-convicted Amanda Knox of defamation, years after she was acquitted of the murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher in 2007.

Knox will not go to prison because she has already served four years for the murder, for which she was originally convicted.

At the time she was also convicted of defamation for blaming the murder on local bar owner Patrick Lumumba during a police interrogation, but that conviction was overturned last year and a new trial was ordered.

Knox’s lawyers have said they hope to appeal the latest verdict.

They added that Amanda was disappointed because she was hoping to finally clear her name after years of legal battles.

She told the court on Wednesday that police had forced her to implicate Mr Lumumba.

“The police threatened me with 30 years in prison, one officer slapped me three times saying ‘Remember, remember,'” Knox, 36, said.

“I am very sorry that I was not strong enough to withstand the pressure of the police,” he added in Italian.

“I never wanted to smear Patrick. He was my friend, he took care of me and comforted me over the loss of my friend (Meredith). I’m sorry I couldn’t withstand the pressure and that he suffered.”

Mr. Lumumba was not in court.

PA Media photo of Meredith Kercher at a partyAverage AP

Meredith Kercher was an exchange student at the University of Perugia in 2007.

The hearing was held behind closed doors and audio and video recording was prohibited.

Knox was tried, convicted and later acquitted of the murder of 21-year-old student Kercher, originally from south London.

Knox and Kercher were language exchange students sharing a house in the university town of Perugia in 2007.

Kercher, 21, was found dead in her home. They had cut her throat and sexually assaulted her.



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