Knox's parents accused of libel


The parents of the US student convicted of murdering Meredith Kercher have been charged with perjury in Italy

The parents of Amanda Knox, the American convicted of murdering British student Meredith Kercher in Italy, have been ordered to stand trial for claiming that police abused their daughter.

Curt Knox and Edda Mellas were charged in Perugia with libel.

Lawyer Luciano Ghirga confirmed the indictment and said a trial was set for July 4. He also said the couple did not attend the hearing.

The charge stems from an interview they gave to the Sunday Times years ago in which the father alleged that police had physically and verbally abused his daughter during questioning after Miss Kercher’s 2007 murder but before Knox was arrested.

Police have denied harming Knox.

Knox and ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted in 2009 of sexually assaulting and murdering Miss Kercher, from Coulsdon, Surrey, in the apartment she shared with Knox in Perugia.

Miss Kercher was stabbed to death on the night of November 1, 2007.

Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison and Sollecito 25 years. Both say they are innocent and their appeals trial is under way.

Another man, Rudy Guede, was also convicted in the killing.

Italy’s highest criminal court has already upheld Guede’s conviction and his 16-year-prison sentence.

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