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Amanda Knox breaks down in tears at a justice festival in Italy

Amanda Knox breaks down in tears as she tells a criminal justice festival in Italy that she is afraid of further accusations despite being cleared of killing British student Meredith Kercher

Amanda Knox broke down in tears as she appeared at a criminal justice festival in Italy this morning.

The US citizen, 31, returned to Italy for the first time this week since she was cleared of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher at their rented house in Perugia in 2007. 

Despite being cleared of Meredith’s murder by an Italian supreme court back in 2015, Knox told a conference in Modena on Saturday she ‘still fears more charges’.

‘I’m afraid today, now, I’m afraid of being harassed, mocked, stuck and I’m afraid that new accusations will be addressed to me just because I come here to say my version of the facts. But above all, I fear I will lack the courage,’ she told the crowd. 

Amanda Knox breaks down in tears as she speaks at a Criminal Justice Festival at the University of Modena, Italy on Saturday

Despite her acquittal by an Italian court in 2015 Knox told a crowd on Saturday morning she still fears charges

Knox, a former American exchange student who became the focus of a sensational murder case, arrived in Italy Thursday for the first time since an appeals court acquitted her in 2011

‘I know that despite my acquittal issued by the Court of Cassation, I remain a controversial figure in the presence of public opinion, above all and especially here in Italy’.

‘A lot of people think I’m crazy to come here. I was told that I was not safe, that I will be attacked in the streets, that I will be falsely accused and sent back to prison and that even if I return to Seattle, it will have been all in vain, it will not have been useful to anything’.  

Knox, who fought a bitter legal battle against the Italian justice system, broke down in tears as she told the crowd: ‘It is not enough to get it right eventually. We need to get it right sooner, to do more often than we do.’ 

‘On the world stage I wasn’t a defendant innocent until proved guilty, the verdict fell upon me like a crushing weight.’ 

Knox spent four years in an Italian prison over the killing. She was later cleared along with her Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito. 

Since her release, Knox has written a book about her experience – ‘Waiting To Be Heard: A Memoir’ – been the subject of a Netflix documentary, and become a public advocate for inmates who have been wrongfully imprisoned. 

Amanda Knox on Thursday arrived in Italy for the first time since she was released from prison in the country in 2011 

Shying away from cameras as she touched down in Milan, the writer and campaigner kept her head bowed as she left the airport


Knox (left) was convicted of murdering her roommate, British exchange student Meredith Kercher (right), in their Perugia apartment in 2007. She was later cleared of the killing

Before her trip to Italy he family of Miss Kercher labelled her return to the country ‘inappropriate’ and said her reappearance in the public eye was ‘very painful for the family’. 

In an essay published online on Wednesday, Knox said she was ‘polishing up the speech I’m about to give to a potentially hostile audience in Italy’. 

The Kercher family lawyer Francesco Maresca told the Guardian: ‘All these insistences and appearances are only ever done to keep the attention on herself.

‘The murder is a tragic memory for the Kercher family, they lost their daughter and sister in such a terrible way. It’s also an injustice for them as they still don’t know the full truth.

Discussing Knox’s speech at the event, he added: ‘It’s unjustified because her process was not a classic case of ”judicial error”. There was a swing in the decisions: some judges decided one way, and others in another way.’

The Kercher family lawyer Francesco Maresca told the Guardian: ‘All these insistences and appearances are only ever done to keep the attention on herself.

‘The murder is a tragic memory for the Kercher family, they lost their daughter and sister in such a terrible way. It’s also an injustice for them as they still don’t know the full truth.

Discussing Knox’s speech at the event, he added: ‘It’s unjustified because her process was not a classic case of ‘judicial error’. There was a swing in the decisions: some judges decided one way, and others in another way.’

Kercher’s half-naked body was found on November 2, 2007, in a back room of the apartment she and Knox shared in Perugia.

The 21-year-old had been stabbed 47 times and had her throat slashed. Police also found signs of sexual assault.

Rudy Guede, an Ivory Coast-born drifter and small-time drug dealer, was eventually convicted of the murder and is serving a 16-year sentence in an Italian prison.

Knox previously said she was ‘polishing up the speech I’m about to give to a potentially hostile audience in Italy’

The conference was organised by a group of Modena lawyers and the Italy Innocence Project, who invited Knox 

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