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Knox wants conviction for slander overturned

Michael Day in Milan

Published 08/02/2012 | 05:00

Amanda Knox is seeking to have her slander conviction overturned, four months after she was cleared of killing her room-mate Meredith Kercher.

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In addition to receiving a 26-year prison term for the killing of the British student, who was stabbed 40 times and had her throat slashed in November 2007, Ms Knox was sentenced to three years for slandering a bar owner, Patrick Lumumba.

Under questioning, she claimed that she heard him murder Ms Kercher in the Italian city of Perugia.

Ms Knox, a 24-year-old American, later told a court that police pressured her into making the false accusation. As a result of her claims, Mr Lumumba was arrested and jailed for two weeks before being cleared of involvement in the crime.

Although the slander conviction remained on her record, she was released because she had already spent three years in prison. (© Independent News Service)

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