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

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Amanda Knox has been re-convicted of libel in connection with the brutal murder of her former roommate, a British student, in 2007.

The 36-year-old American activist spent nearly four years behind bars in Italy after being wrongfully found guilty of the murder of Meredith Kercher.

The acquitted defendant entered the same courtroom where she was convicted of murder again in 2014 to receive the verdict in a defamation case, the last outstanding case against her.

Knox said on X this week: “On June 5, I will enter the same courtroom where I was again convicted of a crime I did not commit, and this time I will once again defend myself.

“I hope to clear my name once and for all of the false accusations against me. Wish me luck.”

The American was 20 years old when she and her then Italian boyfriend were arrested for the brutal murder 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 in the roommates’ house in November 2007.

Her throat had been slit and she had suffered numerous stab wounds.

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

The defamation conviction was related to the fact that, during her first police interview, she had blamed local bar owner Patrick Lumumba for Kercher’s murder.

Lumumba was detained for two weeks in 2007 before being released without charge because Knox claimed she had given him her name under duress.

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

Italy’s highest court overturned the verdict on appeal and ordered a retrial for October, which had begun in Florence earlier this year.

But Knox did not appear in court – until today.

In October, Knox wrote: “Although I was acquitted of the murder charge, I remained wrongfully convicted of libel.”

She 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 would have been helpless in the face of the coercive pressure of the police.”

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

Today, Knox is a journalist, author and criminal justice reform activist. She is married and has two young children.

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

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

An autopsy of her body revealed that her throat had been slit and she had been stabbed nearly 50 times.

She was also found to have 16 bruises, including on her nose and mouth, and suffered injuries consistent with sexual assault.

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

He was granted early release in November 2021.

The case attracted worldwide media attention, with Knox at the center.

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

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