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Amanda Knox faces Italian slander trial over police abuse allegations

American student serving a 26-year sentence for the murder of Briton Meredith Kercher is going on trial in Perugia on charges of slandering Italian police officers.

Image: AP Photo/Stefano Medici

AN AMERICAN STUDENT convicted of murdering her English flatmate in Italy is to face trial on charges of slandering Italian police.

Amanda Knox,  23, claimed police struck her on the head when they interrogated her during their investigation into the murder of 21-year-old Meredith Kercher, the BBC reports.

Knox is appealing her 26-year sentence for Kercher’s murder, along with her co-accused and former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito. The appeal case is awaiting a review of DNA evidence used to convict them.

Knox denies the slander charges. If found guilty, an additional term would be added to her current sentence.

ABC News reports that Knox’s parents are due to face trial for slander charges after repeating their daughter’s allegations.

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