Why Amanda Knox returned to Italy years after her harrowing murder case

Amanda Knox is approached by a journalist upon her arrival in Linate airport Milan Italy

Amanda Knox is approached by a journalist upon her arrival in Linate airport Milan Italy

Knox, Sollecito and another man, Rudy Hermann Guede, from the Ivory Coast, were accused of her murder.

Knox agreed to speak at the Criminal Justice Festival's "Trial by Media" panel in Modena on Saturday, the latest step in her long journey back to public life.

Amanda Knox returned to Italy for the first time since she was imprisoned and later acquitted in the murder of her British roommate.

Amanda Knox is escorted to her appeal hearing at Perugia's Court of Appeal on September 29, 2011 in Perugia, Italy. After multiple trials and overturned rulings, Knox spent four years in prison for slander and having unjustly accusted a Congolese bar owner of the crime.

The 31-year-old American and her fiancé, Christopher Robinson, descended into a media frenzy when they arrived Thursday at Milan's airport en route to a speaking gig on wrongful convictions.

Ms Kercher, a 21-year-old exchange student from Coulsdon, Surrey, was found with her throat cut in her bedroom at her house in Perugia on November 2, 2007.

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Before traveling to Italy, she published an essay titled "Your Content, My Life", about the decision to accept the panel invitation from the Italy Innocence Project. Her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito was also convicted of murder.

"Amanda Knox is returning to Italy for closure. Wish us, 'Buon viaggio!'"

"While on trial for a murder I didn't commit, my prosecutor painted me as a sex-crazed femme fatale, and the media profited for years by sensationalizing an already sensational and utterly unjustified story", she wrote.

"[Knox] is the icon of trials that the media carry out before the trial in court is conducted", Guido Sola, one of the organizers for the event, said to CNN.

"And then, of course, Netflix chose to advertise "Amanda Knox" with twin massive billboards in L.A. and NY: my face and the words "monster" on one and "victim" on the other", Knox wrote in her Medium post.

In January 2019, the European Court of Human Rights ordered Italy to pay $20,000 in damages to Knox for failing to provide her legal assistance during her initial questioning after Kercher's murder, according to the AP.

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