Published: Sat, June 15, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Amanda Knox arrives in Italy for first time since prison release

Amanda Knox arrives in Italy for first time since prison release

Knox now lives in Seattle, her hometown, where she attended the University of Washington, with her fiance Christopher Robinson, a novelist, and their two cats.

Knox, who announced her participation in the Italy Innocence Project last month, gained global attention in 2007 after suspicion fell on her and then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher.

In her piece for Medium, Knox grappled with her status as an unwilling public figure and voiced her desire to do better as a journalist.

On Saturday Ms Knox is expected to address a conference on miscarriages of justice and "trial by media", being held in the northern city of Modena.

In an essay published on her Medium account, on Wednesday, Knox also spoke of the intense media scrutiny of her case, having last fled Italy "in a high-speed chase, paparazzi literally ramming the back of my stepdad's rental vehicle".

"I just wanted to have what every other person around me had, the freedom to shout into the wind and say, 'Here I am!' The freedom to strike up an unexpected conversation with a friendly digital stranger", she writes.

Knox wrote on Twitter that she had declined to conduct interviews ahead of her panel appearance.

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Amanda Knox is approached by a journalist upon her arrival in Linate airport, Milan, Italy, Thursday, June 13, 2019.

In January, the European Court of Human Rights ordered Italy to pay Ms Knox €18,400 in financial damages for failures to provide adequate legal and translation assistance during her early questioning by police.

"The Italy Innocence Project didn't yet exist when I was wrongly convicted in Perugia", Knox tweeted in May.

Now Amanda (who has since become an author and activist) has returned to Italy for the first time since being imprisoned there.

"While on trial for a murder I didn't commit, my prosecutor painted me as a sex-crazed femme fatale, and the media profited for years by sensationalising an already sensational and utterly unjustified story", she wrote. Knox spent four years in prison before an appeals court overturned her sentence in 2011, whereupon she returned to the United States.

Ms Kercher, a 21-year-old exchange student from Coulsdon, Surrey, was found with her throat cut in her bedroom at her house in Perugia on November 2, 2007. However, the pair were convicted again in absentia in 2013 before being acquitted again in 2015. Prior to the trial, the country's media published many negative stories about the 20-year-old, leading many legal experts to maintain that the controversial case against her was deeply flawed.

Rudy Guede, an Ivory Coast-born drifter, and small-time drug dealer was eventually convicted of the murder and is serving a 16-year sentence in an Italian prison.

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