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Amanda Knox returns to Italy for the first time since leaving prison

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Amanda Knox returns to Italy for the first time since leaving prison
Amanda Knox during her murder trial in Italy in 2009. Photo: Tizana Fabi/AFP
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Amanda Knox is back in Italy for the first time since being released from prison in 2011, following her acquittal over the murder of British student Meredith Kercher.

Knox is in the country to speak at a panel titled "Trial by Media" at the Criminal Justice Festival in Modena on Saturday. The event was organised by the non-profit Italy Innocence Project.

The 31-year-old American's sensational murder case gripped the world's media for years.

READ ALSO: Timeline: the key dates in the Kercher murder case

Knox was accused of murdering British exchange student Kercher together with her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito in Perugia in 2007.

Knox and Sollecito were convicted of the murder despite their denials of any involvement. Knox's sentence was increased to 28 years in prison when the conviction was upheld in 2014, before both she and Sollecito were acquitted by Italy's top court the following year.

Before setting off from her home in Seattle on Thursday, Knox posted an image on Instagram with her fiance, novelist Christopher Robinson

"Here we go... Wish us, 'Buon viaggio!'" she wrote.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Here we go... Wish us, "Buon viaggio!"

A post shared by Amanda Knox (@amamaknox) on

Knox had written that she was "feeling frayed" in another Instagram post with the caption, "3 Days till I return to Italy for the first time since leaving prison.”

Robinson said in a tweet that he would be travelling to Italy with Knox.

Knox said on Twitter that she wouldn't be giving any interviews ahead of her visit to Modena. But in an an essay published on her Medium account on Wednesday, Knox spoke of having fled Italy "in a high-speed chase, paparazzi literally ramming the back of my stepdad's rental car."

Knox also wrote of the intense media attention her case received, saying that while on trial "for a murder I didn't commit," the prosecutor "painted me as a sex-crazed femme fatale, and the media profited for years by sensationalising an already sensational and utterly unjustified story.”

"It's on us to stop making and stop consuming such irresponsible media," she said.

READ ALSO: Amanda Knox vs Italy: European court accepts rights violation case

 
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