Over 10 years ago, Amanda Knox’s story captivated people all around the world. Amanda, then an American college student, was studying abroad in the Italian town of Perugia when her roommate, British student Meredith Kercher, was found dead in the apartment they shared.
Amanda and her then-boyfriend were accused of the murder, arrested, and eventually found guilty and sentenced to prison by an Italian court of law. 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.
Amanda remained in prison before her 2010 appeal led to an acquittal the following year. In all, she spent four years in the Italian prison before being released and immediately fleeing the country.
Italy’s top court overturned the acquittal in 2013 and, upon retrial (at which Amanda wasn’t physically present), upheld the murder conviction. After additional appeals, the court finally acquitted Amanda of the murder once and for all in 2015.
Now Amanda (who has since become an author and activist) has returned to Italy for the first time since being imprisoned there.
CNN reports that the 31-year-old arrived in the country on June 13. She will be attending the Criminal Justice Festival in Modena, a northern Italy city, this Saturday, as a guest speaker for the “Trial by Media” panel session.
Amanda addressed her decision to return to Italy in an essay published on Medium.
“I’m about to return to Italy for the first time since I was released from prison and fled the country in a high-speed chase, paparazzi literally ramming the back of my stepdad’s rental car,” she wrote. “I’m doing so because I’ve been invited by the Italy Innocence Project to speak about wrongful convictions and trial by media.”
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