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Amanda Knox sings pro-IRA song on Irish TV

By Staff Reporter

Amanda Knox, the American woman convicted and later cleared of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher in 2007, left a top RTE presenter stunned by singing a chorus from a song celebrating the IRA during the War of Independence.

The 30-year-old appeared on Ray D'Arcy's popular Thursday night chat show to speak about her time in prison, the final twists of her fight to freedom, and her life before and after the highly publicised trial.

In a bizarre segment of the interview, Knox sang a line from Come Out Ye Black And Tans.

She explained that an Irish supporter had sent her a CD of the 50 most popular Irish rebel songs while she was in prison.

"My world collapsed," Knox said.

"I didn't realise that the world was so unfair.

"That was not something that I grew up with.

"That was something that a lot of Irish supporters of mine felt.

"I got letters from lots of Irish people who really understood, like, of course, authority taking advantage of a vulnerable person and spinning it in a bad way, of course, we know that.

"They sent me Irish rebel songs and everything… they sent me this CD of the 50 most popular ones.

"You know, there's like, Come out you Black and Tans and fight me like a man'," she said, giggling.

"That's the oddest thing I've ever witnessed," chat show host D'Arcy said after Knox's impromptu performance. The one-time murder accused said that she didn't really know what the songs were about.

"It was great, and I had no idea what they were talking about, like "slandering Parnell" and I didn't know what any of that meant.

"I just understood the fighting spirit of it, and I appreciated that."

Meredith Kercher was 21 when she was murdered in Perugia, an Italian provincial town, in 2007.

She was found dead in a pool of blood in her bedroom.

Three people were eventually charged with her murder: Knox, Rafaello Sollecito, Knox's boyfriend, and local man Rudy Guede.

Knox and Sollecito were found guilty in 2009, but freed on appeal two years later.

They were convicted again of the murder in 2014, but ultimately the pair were finally acquitted of the murder by the Italian Supreme Court in 2015.

Guede was convicted under a different 'fast-track' legal route, and was given a 16-year sentence.

Last month Knox told a US audience at Roanoke College, Virginia, that she had been cast as a "she-devil".

"I believed that didn't matter because only truth mattered," she said.

"The nonsense spattered about me didn't matter.

"I thought it just showed that it was a weak case.

"I still believed there was a light at the end of the tunnel because the truth mattered," local paper the Roanoke Times reported.

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