Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Knox trial 'may have been tainted'

Amanda Knox
Amanda Knox
Amanda Knox looks on during a break in the trial at the court in Perugia, central Italy (AP)
Murdered: British student Meredith Kercher
American Amanda Knox, 22, has been found guilty of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher
Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito arrive at court in Perugia, Italy (AP)
Lawyers have asked the Perugia court to clear Amanda Knox
From left, of Italian student Raffaele Sollecito, slain British woman Meredith Kercher and her American roommate Amanda Knox
Amanda Knox in court
Amanda Knox

A US senator said anti-Americanism may have tainted the trial of an American college student in Italy who was found guilty of murdering her British roommate.

Amanda Knox, of Seattle, was sentenced to 26 years in prison after a year-long trial for the murder of Leeds University student Meredith Kercher, who was on an exchange visit to the Italian city of Perugia.

Knox's family insists she is innocent and the victim of character assassination. They plan to appeal.

Senator Maria Cantwell, a Democrat from Washington state, said she plans to bring her own concerns, including whether "anti-Americanism" tainted the trial, to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

In an interview with ABC television's This Week, Mrs Clinton said she has been tied up with Afghanistan policy and hasn't yet examined the case.

Mrs Clinton said she will meet with anyone who has concerns about the case. She also said she hasn't expressed any concerns to the Italian government.

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