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Knox talks of Italy ordeal in TV interview as book published

Says wants to be 'reconsidered as a person' as new trial looms

Knox talks of Italy ordeal in TV interview as book published

Washington, D.C., April 30 - Amanda Knox, the US student who was accused and tried for murdering a British roommate in the Italian city of Perugia in 2007, said her experience in Italy was "surreal". In her first television interview in the US since publishing "Waiting to be Heard", the book she wrote on her experience of the Italian justice system, Knox told ABC's Diane Sawyer, "I want the truth to come out. I'd like to be reconsidered as a person. What happened to me was surreal, but it could have happened to anyone". The full interview with Sawyer will be broadcast Tuesday night, but the network has already issued some clips on its website. Recounting her travails in Italy - Knox was serving a 26-year sentence for the murder of Meredith Kercher when an appeals court overturned a lower court's ruling in 2011, setting her free to return to the US. "I was in the courtroom when they were calling me a devil. I mean it's one thing to called certain things in the media and then it's another thing to be sitting in a courtroom fighting for your life while people are calling you a devil," Knox said. "For all intents and purposes I was a murderer, whether I was or not. And I had to live with the idea that that would be my life," Knox, who lives in her hometown of Seattle, Washington, said. Knox's Italian boyfriend at the time, Raffaele Sollecito, was also accused in the murder. Sollecito, who had been sentenced to 25 years in jail, was also acquitted in 2011. However, both Knox's and Sollecito's ordeal is not yet over. On March 25, Italy's supreme Court of Cassation overturned the 2011 acquittal, setting the stage for a retrial at the appeals level. While a new trial is expected to take place by the summer in Florence, US authorities could invoke the principle of double-jeopardy, arguing that a person cannot be convicted of the same offence twice, and so refuse to extradite Knox back to Italy.

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