Amanda Knox Cleared of Final Remaining Bogus Charge: ‘Slandering Italian Police Officers and Prosecutor’

Ollie Gillman reports: Amanda Knox has been cleared of slandering police officers and a prosecutor in Italy.

Knox, who was cleared last year of murdering British student Meredith Kercher, was charged with slandering police in Perugia by claiming they interviewed her under duress.

The 28-year-old, who shared a student house with Miss Kercher when she was killed, said she was yelled at, slapped and threatened by police.

A judge in Florence threw the case out on Thursday after ruling that her comments were not slanderous.

Italian media said lawyers for Knox, who returned to the U.S. after her successful appeal and is now working as a journalist in Seattle, said she was ‘very happy with the acquittal’.

If she had been found guilty she would have had to pay each of the seven officials 15,000 euros ($16,300).

Knox was charged with slandering the officers back in 2011, when she was being questioned on charges of separately slandering Congolese bar owner Patrick Lumumba.

He spent two weeks in jail in 2007 after Knox accused him of murdering Miss Kercher, which was found to be untrue.

Her conviction for slandering Mr Lumumba is the only one that still stands against her name, with today’s hearing the last in her lengthy and highly documented legal tussle with Italian prosecutors.

Miss Kercher, 21, was discovered in a pool of blood in the house she shared with Knox in Perugia in November 2007.

The British student had been stabbed four times and her throat slit in what the Italian courts claimed was a sex-game gone wrong.

Knox and her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were found guilty of murder and sentenced to 26 years in jail in 2009…(read more)

Source: Daily Mail Online



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