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Knox charged with slandering police

An Italian judge has ordered Amanda Knox to stand trial on slander charges for claiming she was beaten by police when questioned in 2007 about her flatmate's murder.

Knox had claimed she was beaten by police during questioning over the murder of British student Meredith Kercher three years ago. Police have denied misconduct and filed charges saying Knox's comments were slanderous.

The 23-year-old American maintains she was trying to defend herself and did not mean to slander anybody, her lawyers said.

The judge issued the indictment ruling after a hearing behind closed-doors in Perugia.

Knox is serving a 26-year prison term after she was convicted of murder and sexual assault in December.

She has denied murdering 21-year-old Kercher and her appeal is due to to begin on November 24.

Her father, Curt Knox, told The Early Show on the US cable channel CBS that "this is going to be her chance once again to have that wrongful conviction overturned".

Lawyer Carlo Dalla Vedova said Knox was "very sad and worried" but also ready to face the appeals trial.

Knox's ex-boyfriend and co-defendant at the murder trial, Italian Raffaele Sollecito, was also convicted and sentenced to a 25-year jail term.

A third person, Ivorian Rudy Hermann Guede, was convicted of murder in separate proceedings and sentenced to 30 years in prison, which was cut to 16 years on appeal. All three have maintained their innocence.

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