Amanda Knox is speaking out regarding the European Court of Human Rights decision to call her slander conviction “unjust” and ordering Italy to pay her over $20,000.
“Hey fam! Big news!” Knox wrote on social media after news broke on Thursday that the court found her rights were violated following the 2007 murder of her then-roommate, Meredith Kercher. They awarded her $21,000 for legal fees and moral damages after finding police failed to provide legal assistance and an independent interpreter on the night of her initial interrogation.
Knox has been battling the Italian authorities for years, claiming they reeled a false confession out of her because of the confusion during the interrogation process.
“I am grateful for their wisdom in acknowledging the reality of false confessions, and the need to reform police interrogation methods,” she wrote on her personal website. “I remain forever grateful to everyone around the world who has believed in me, defended me, and spoken out on my behalf throughout the years. I couldn’t have survived this without your support.”
Dubbed “Foxy Knoxy” by Italian journalists, Knox discusses the treatment she faced from police when being questioned for the murder.
“I was interrogated for 53 hours over five days, without a lawyer, in a language I understood maybe as well as a ten-year-old. When I told the police I had no idea who had killed Meredith, I was slapped in the back of the head and told to “Remember!” she recalls.
“I trusted these people. They were adults. They were authorities. And they lied to me. They lied to me that there was physical evidence of my presence at the crime scene. They lied to me that Raffaele said I went out that night,” Knox added.
“They threatened me with thirty years in prison if I didn’t remember what they wanted me to remember. Finally, in the delirium they put me through, I didn’t know what to believe. I thought, for a brief moment, maybe they were right.”
Knox and her then-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were sentenced to 25 years in prison for Kercher’s murder. She spent four years in jail before she was acquitted. There was also a movie made about her ordeal, starring Hayden Panettiere.
“Back then, I had never heard of a “false confession. I had no idea that one in four people exonerated on DNA evidence in the U.S. falsely confessed,” Knox continued. “Later, I learned that the coercive methods I experienced―isolation, exhaustion, deception, verbal and physical abuse―are designed to get suspects to say whatever the police want.”
The European Court of Human Rights released their own statement on the decision, saying, “Ms. Knox had been particularly vulnerable, being a foreign young woman, 20, at the time, not having been in Italy for very long and not being fluent in Italian.”