Amanda Knox granted appeal over 'slapping' case against Italian police
The European Court of Human Rights has granted an appeal against the Italian state by Amanda Knox, who claims she was slapped by police and subjected to an unfair trial on charges of murdering Meredith Kercher.
Ms Knox (inset), from Seattle, USA, was convicted, then acquitted, then reconvicted, then definitively acquitted by a succession of Italian courts for the sexual assault and murder of her British flat-mate.
She complained from the very start of the painstaking judicial process that police in Perugia, the Umbrian hill town where the murder took place, cuffed her around the head as they pressured her for details of what happened on the night of the killing.
She also said that she had been questioned for hours by police without being given a translator, at a time when her Italian language skills were rudimentary.
Ms Kercher, (21) from Surrey, was murdered in November 2007 but it was not until last year that Ms Knox and her one-time Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were definitively cleared of the killing.
The court in Strasbourg accepted her complaints as valid and has informed the Italian state of its decision, Italian media reports said.
Ms Knox, who now works as a journalist for her local newspaper in Seattle, accused Italian police of inhumane and degrading treatment.
The Strasbourg court's decision was welcomed by her former boyfriend.
"There were abuses never highlighted in the media and it's just as well that there are judges that are now giving the right importance to what happened," said Mr Sollecito.