Amanda Knox Says Her 'Rights Were Respected' During Trial

Amanda Knox, the American student convicted of murdering her British flatmate Meredith Kercher in Perugia just over two years ago, has said from prison that her "rights were respected" during her trial and she believes she will be freed on appeal, the Times of London reported.

Knox, 22, said, "I still have faith in Italian justice", according to Walter Verini, a centre Left Parliamentary deputy who visited her in jail. Italian prisoners are entitled to visits from their lawyers, relatives and members of Parliament.

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Knox's remarks are at odds with a wave of outspoken attacks on the trial and the Italian justice system as such from supporters in the United States. Some have said that the sentence handed down just after midnight last Saturday morning was the result of anti-Americanism and amounted to a "public lynching."

Knox was given a 26 year sentence for murder and sexual assalt while her co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito, her former Italian boyfriend, was given 25 years.

Verini said Knox had told him "I had thought I would be home by Christmas, but I shall have to wait". She was "crazy to be freed", she said, adding "but there is only one road I have chosen to get out of here, and that is the appeal my lawyers are preparing."

Knox and Sollecito are entitled to two appeals, the first of which is likely to be held next autumn. Their lawyers have said they will exploit "holes in the prosecution case" including allegedly flawed DNA evidence linking the pair to the crime scene and "the lack of a clear motive" for the murder.

Knox told Verini "I have never ceased to believe in Italian justice" according to Corriere della Sera. "My rights have been repected, I believe so."

Knox, who sobbed after this sentence was read out and had to be supported as she left the courtroom crying "No, no, no" appeared calm and collected in prison, wearing a brown T-shirt and fleece, Verini said.

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