Amanda Knox cries as she returns to court for case linked to murder of Brit student Meredith Kercher

Amanda Knox has been convicted again of slander related to the brutal 2007 killing of her former roommate, a British student.

The American activist, 36, spent almost four years behind bars in Italy after being wrongly convicted of the murder of Meredith Kercher.

The exoneree entered the same courtroom where she was re-convicted of murder in 2014 to receive a verdict in a defamation case, the latest case pending against her.

Knox said on

“I hope that my name will be cleared once and for all of the false accusations against me. Wish me good luck.”

The American was 20 when she and her then Italian boyfriend were arrested for the brutal killing of 21-year-old Kercher, with whom Knox shared an apartment in Perugia.

Kercher’s half-naked body was found in a pool of blood inside the housemates’ cottage in November 2007.

His throat had been cut and he had suffered multiple stab wounds.

Knox was found guilty, acquitted, found guilty again and finally acquitted of all charges in 2015, but was still convicted of defamation.

The slander conviction related to Kercher’s accusation of murdering local bar owner Patrick Lumumba during her initial police interrogation.

Lumumba was held for two weeks in 2007 before being freed without charge, as Knox claimed she named him while under duress.

The European Court of Human Rights ruled in 2019 that there had been procedural errors during Knox’s interrogation.

Italy’s highest court overturned the conviction on appeal and ordered a new trial in October, which began earlier this year in Florence.

But Knox has not appeared in court until today.

In October, Knox wrote: “Although I was cleared of murder, I remained wrongly convicted of slander.”

He said Lumumba “was my friend” at the time of the murder, adding: “We are both victims of the violation of my human rights during my interrogation, without which I was helpless against the coercive pressure of the police.”

Knox was pictured in tears as she arrived at the court in Florence this morning, flanked by her husband Christopher Robinson.

Knox is now a journalist, author and criminal justice reform activist and is married with two young children.

Meredith Kercher was born in Southwark, south London, on 28 December 1985.

The 21-year-old’s body was found in a pool of blood in her bedroom on November 2, 2007.

An autopsy conducted on her body found that her throat had been slit and she had been stabbed nearly 50 times.

He was also found to have 16 bruises, including on his nose and mouth, and had suffered injuries related to the sexual assault.

In 2007, fingerprints at the scene were found to belong to Rudy Guede, who was later charged and convicted of the brutal murder.

He was granted early release in November 2021.

The case attracted global media interest, with Knox at the center.

This article originally appeared in The Sun and has been reproduced with permission

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