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Amanda Knox will not return to Italy for retrial

By David Mercer

Amanda Knox has said she will not return to Italy to face a retrial over the murder of British student Meredith Kercher because she fears she would be a "distraction" in the courtroom.

The 26-year-old American has denied any involvement in the killing of the Leeds University student who was found with her throat slashed in the bedroom of the house they shared in Perugia, central Italy, in November 2007.

She was convicted along with her ex-Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, but the pair were later cleared in 2011 by an appeal court.

Italy's supreme court has ordered a new trial but Miss Knox said she will not attend as she is unable to afford to travel to Italy and remain in the country for the duration of a retrial.

In an interview with the Sun on Sunday, Miss Knox said: "If it were possible to go to the court and not have to deal with being afraid of being thrown back in prison for an arbitrary reason, absolutely I would want to be there."

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