Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Knox hoping to visit Meredith grave

Amanda Knox denies wrongdoing over the death of British student Meredith Kercher
Meredith Kercher was found dead in Perugia, Italy, in November 2007

Amanda Knox has said she wants to visit the grave of murdered British student Meredith Kercher.

Miss Knox went on trial for the murder of the 21-year-old and once more faces claims that she was involved in the killing in Perugia.

In a US interview, she revealed she wanted the permission of Miss Kercher's family to visit her grave.

"The ideal situation in my mind is that they could show me Meredith's grave. Because it was like I wasn't allowed to grieve, either, and that would mean a lot to me," she told USA Today.

Miss Knox, 25, went on: "Right now I don't feel like I have the right to without her family's permission. So that's something that I want to work toward to get closure."

Her book, Waiting To Be Heard, was published in the United States on Tuesday. It will not be published in the UK because of concerns about Britain's libel laws.

In March, Italy's highest criminal court overturned Miss Knox's acquittal for the murder of Miss Kercher, from Coulsdon, Surrey.

Miss Knox returned to her home in Seattle after she was dramatically cleared in 2011 following four years in jail. She faces the prospect of an extradition request from the Italian government and a new trial in Florence.

Stephanie Kercher, the victim's sister, said her family had no interest in Miss Knox's book. In a statement reportedly released by the family's lawyers in Italy, she said: "The Italian legal system still has an appeal procedure under way and so the case is returning to a new court hearing. The sentence can still be overturned.

"I have no doubts that on the other side there is a story of pain and loss and enormous mistrust but in the end it is also one of hope and the opportunity to live life. Something Meredith will never have and something we can never share with her. Meredith is the victim in this tragic case."

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