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Amanda Knox considers Italy retrial return


Amanda Knox, who was convicted and then cleared of murdering her British roommate Meredith Kercher, says she may return to Italy to face a retrial.

“My lawyers have said that I don’t have to… I’m still considering it, to be honest,” Amanda Knox told USA Today.

Amanda Knox, 25, also went on TV to publicly protest her innocence as she released her autobiography, Waiting to Be Heard.

Last month, an Italian court overturned her acquittal along with that of her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito.

Meredith Kercher, 21, was found stabbed to death in the flat she shared with Amanda Knox – an exchange student- in Perugia in November 2007.

Prosecutors say she died in a brutal sex game that went wrong.

Another man – Rudy Guede from Ivory Coast – was convicted in a separate trial and sentenced to 16 years for the killing.

Amanda Knox says she may return to Italy to face a retrial in Meredith Kercher murder case

Amanda Knox says she may return to Italy to face a retrial in Meredith Kercher murder case

The case has drawn intense media interest in Italy, the UK and the US, and put the Italian police and justice system under great scrutiny.

Amanda Knox told USA Today on Tuesday that the thought of returning to Italy for the retrial was “scary”.

“But it’s also important for me to say: <<This is not just happening far away from and doesn’t matter to me.>>

“So, somehow, I feel it’s important for me to convey that. And if my presence is what is necessary to convey that, then I’ll go.”

The Italian courts cannot compel her to return for the retrial but they could request her extradition – at which point it would be up to the US authorities to determine her fate.

In a separate interview with ABC News, Amanda Knox said claims that she was a “she-devil” and “heartless manipulator” were all wrong.

She added that what happened to her “was surreal but it could’ve happened to anyone”.

“It’s one thing to be called certain things in the media and it’s another thing to be sitting in a courtroom fighting for your life while people are calling you a devil,” Amanda Knox said.

“For all intents and purposes I was a murderer, whether I was or not. I had to live with the idea that that would be my life.”

In a reference to the Kercher family, Amanda Knox said she wanted them to understand “that my need for justice for myself is not in contradiction with theirs”.

Amanda Knox said she hoped “that eventually I can have their permission to pay respects at her grave”.

The interview was timed to coincide with the release of her autobiography, Waiting to Be Heard, for which Amanda Knox was reportedly paid more than $4 million.

In the book, Amanda Knox maintains that on the night of Meredith Kercher’s death she was at Raffaele Sollecito’s flat smoking marijuana and watching a movie.

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