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Amanda Knox 'afraid to go back to Italy'

'I have the right to defend myself'

Amanda Knox 'afraid to go back to Italy'

Washington, May 7 - Amanda Knox said she is afraid to go back to Italy after a court there overturned her acquittal for murder. "I'm afraid to go back there," she said in an interview with CNN late Monday. Knox was serving a 26-year sentence for the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher when an appeals court overturned a lower court's ruling in 2011, setting her free to return to the US. But in March, Italy's supreme Court of Cassation overturned the acquittal, setting the stage for a retrial at the appeals level. Her Italian boyfriend at the time, Raffaele Sollecito, is also accused of the murder. Knox told her account of the ordeal in a new book entitled waiting to be heard. "In Italy," she added, "people think it's arrogant of me to sit here in the United States and have a book come out and defend myself. And first of all, I find that incredibly unfair, because I have the right to defend myself. And no one can ask me to just shut up because it's convenient. But at the same time, I want to prove to them that I care about what's going on".

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