US STUDENT Amanda Knox has been indicted on slander charges after she claimed Italian police assaulted her during questioning in 2007 about her roommate’s murder.
Knox, who is serving 26 years in prison for the slaying of British student Meredith Kercher, said she did not mean to slander anyone and was just trying to defend herself.
She told the court in a prepared statement: “I didn’t mean to offend or slander anybody. I reiterate, I was only trying to defend myself. I was exercising a right.”
The trial will begin on May 17 in Perugia, central Italy.
Knox said during her murder trial that seven police officers and an interpreter struck her during questioning over Kercher’s murder.
Her lawyer said that the Seattle-born Knox was “very sad and worried,” but was ready for the start of an appeal against the jail term imposed by authorities over the Kercher murder. That appeal commences on November 24.
Knox’s Italian ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, was given a 25-year jail sentence for the murder of Kercher. He, too, is appealing the sentence.
A third person, Ivory Coast native Rudy Guede, is also trying to have a 16-year sentence handed down over the murder overturned.