ROME — Taking the stage Saturday at an Italian convention on justice, Amanda Knox accused the media of getting constructed a false narrative round her throughout her years lengthy homicide trial and appeals course of, depicting her as responsible though she was ultimately acquitted.
The previous trade pupil from america who turned the main target of a sensational homicide case returned to Italy this week for the primary time since an appeals court docket acquitted her in 2011 within the slaying of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher.
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Knox, talking in Italian on a panel dialogue on the Felony Justice Pageant in Modena titled “Trial by media,” mentioned she was depicted “on the worldwide scene as crafty, psychopath, drug-addicted, whore. Responsible.”
Talking by tears, she mentioned the media that labelled her “Cunning Knoxy” invented a “false and baseless story, which fuelled folks’s fantasies and talked to their fears.”
Knox’s 2011 acquittal was a part of a protracted authorized course of that noticed a number of flip-flop rulings earlier than she was definitively acquitted in 2015 by Italy’s highest court docket.
Knox mentioned she got here again to Italy even though she was afraid of being “molested, derided, framed, that new accusations will likely be directed towards me for telling my fact.”
She additionally criticized Italian prosecutors, who described a state of affairs made up of “orgies and intercourse toys” throughout her first trial, though that model of the story was toned down within the enchantment.
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Knox acknowledged that regardless of her last acquittal “I stay a controversial determine within the public opinion, particularly right here in Italy.”
She had been accused along with her Italian boyfriend on the time, Raffaele Sollecito, and Ivorian-born Rudy Guede of killing Kercher on Nov. 1, 2007, within the college city of Perugia. After a number of rulings, Italy’s highest court docket definitively acquitted Knox and Sollecito in 2015. Guede continues to be serving a 16-year sentence.
Throughout her speech, which was adopted by a standing ovation, Knox recalled Perugia prosecutor Giuliano Mignini because the one who accused her in his seek for justice.
“Someday I’d like to fulfill the actual Mignini, and I hope that when he comes, he will even see that I’m not a monster, I merely am Amanda,” Knox mentioned.
On Friday, the lawyer for Kercher’s household described Knox’s invitation to talk on the Felony Justice Pageant as “inappropriate.”
“Inviting her to a technical panel on justice was a mistake,” Francesco Maresca instructed The Related Press, including that “legal professionals for each components ought to have been concerned.”