American college student Amanda Knox narrowly avoided a murder sentence and spent four years in an Italian jail before being released late last year. Despite that nightmare, ABC reports Knox still has warm feelings for the country and would like to go back.
Carlo Dalla Vedova, one of Knox’s lawyers, said the 24 year old “loves Italy” and “likes Perugia,” the town where she was imprisoned and tried in the murder of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher. Knox would like go back to Italy “as a tourist,” she said.
Knox might be going back to Italy as a witness rather than a tourist. Her parents are facing slander charges in Perugia stemming from a 2009 interview with The Sunday Times of London. A trial is set for March 30, and they face up to three years in prison. “She will return to testify in the trials against her parents,” Italian wire service Ansa reported.
Knox’s parents told the Times that she was “abused physically and verbally” by Perugia police.
“She told us she was hit in the back of the head by a police officer with an open hand, at least twice. The police told her, ‘If you ask for a lawyer, things will get worse for you’ and ‘If you don’t give us some explanation for what happened, you’re going to go to jail for a very long time,’” they told the paper.