Attorney: Amanda Knox still loves Italy

Jan. 24, 2012 at 5:26 PM
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PERUGIA, Italy, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Amanda Knox, cleared of murder after four years in an Italian jail, still loves Italy and will return to testify at her parents' slander trial, her lawyer said.

Carlo Dalla Vedova said the 24-year-old Seattle woman "loves Italy" and "likes Perugia," and would prefer to return as a tourist, but is willing to come back as a defense witness for her parents, who are accused of slandering Perugia police during her murder trial, ANSA reported Tuesday.

"I hope they will be acquitted," Dalla Vedova told ABC News. "They certainly didn't make any defamatory remarks when they repeated Amanda's statement to the press."

Her parents are accused of slander for a 2009 interview they gave to The Sunday Times in London alleging their daughter was abused by police during an interrogation into the death of her British roommate Meredith Kercher.

The slander trial is scheduled for March 30.

Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were acquitted last October of murder charges in Kercher's 2007 stabbing death. A third defendant convicted in the slaying is serving a prison term.

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