Italy’s high court overturned Amanda Knox’s slander conviction on Friday, ordering a brand new trial in Florence.
Amanda Knox is ready to be tried once more in court for falsely implicating a bar proprietor in the 2007 homicide of her then-flatmate, 21-year-old British pupil Meredith Kercher, in Perugia, Italy.
On 1 November 2007, Kercher was discovered useless on the ground of her bed room with 47 stab wounds.
Knox was initially accused of being concerned in her homicide along with Kercher’s boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, however the two had been ultimately acquitted in 2015 after a years-long, messy investigation.
Already in 2011, when she was initially freed on enchantment, Knox had returned to her household house in the USA, from the place she has since been defending her innocence.
However in 2011, Knox was discovered responsible of slandering Patrick Lumumba, a Congolese nationwide who owned a close-by bar and whom she had accused of breaking into her house, sexually assaulting Kercher, and killing her. She was sentenced to three years in jail, which she had already served because the homicide trial towards her was ongoing.
In 2019, Knox appealed this determination on the idea of the European Court of Human Rights’s ruling which ordered Italy to pay her €18,400 for failing to present her with a lawyer and an interpreter whereas she was detained.
In a brand new ruling on Friday, the Court of Cassation in Rome – Italy’s high court – accepted her enchantment, overturning her conviction for slander towards Lumumba and ordering a brand new trial in Florence.
Lumumba’s lawyer has defined to Italian media that Knox, if discovered responsible in the brand new trial, won’t be given one other, longer sentence.
An Ivorian man, Rudy Guede, was lastly discovered responsible of murdering Kercher in 2008. He was sentenced to spend 16 years in jail and was freed in November 2021.