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Amanda Knox fears re-arrest after student murder

Amanda Knox

Amanda Knox still fears being arrested again for murder – despite being cleared by an Italian court four years ago.

Knox broke down in tears as she told a justice conference:

“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.”

The American was back in Italy for the first time since her acquittal of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher.

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Meredith was found stabbed to death in a house the girls shared in Perugia in 2007.

Knox told the conference in Modena: “I know that despite my acquittal 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, even if I return to Seattle, it will have been all in vain, it will not have been useful to anything.

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

Knox, 31, spent four years in prison before being cleared.

Her Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito was also acquitted.

Meredith’s family called Knox’s return to Italy “inappropriate – very painful for the family”

Lawyer Francesco Maresca said: “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.”

Meredith’s semi-clad body was found in a back room.

She had been stabbed 47 times and her throat cut. Forensics also revealed she’d been sexually assaulted.

The 21-year-old student was on an exchange visit from the University of Leeds to Perugia.

Rudy Guede, an Ivory Coast-born drifter, was later convicted of her murder and is serving a 16-year sentence in Italy.

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