Europe court or­ders Italy to pay Knox

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MI­LAN — Europe’s hu­man rights court on Thurs­day or­dered Italy to pay Amanda Knox fi­nan­cial dam­ages for po­lice fail­ure to pro­vide le­gal as­sis­tance and an in­de­pen­dent in­ter­preter dur­ing a long night of ques­tion­ing fol­low­ing the Nov. 1, 2007 mur­der of her Bri­tish room­mate. But the court said there was in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to sup­port claims of psy­cho­log­i­cal and phys­i­cal mis­treat­ment.

The Euro­pean Court of Hu­man Rights in Stras­bourg, France, said Italy hadn’t suc­ceeded in prov­ing that “the re­stric­tion of Ms. Knox’s ac­cess to a lawyer … had not ir­repara­bly undermined the fair­ness of the pro­ceed­ings as a whole.” It said Italy must pay Knox 18,400 eu­ros in dam­ages, costs and expenses.

Af­ter more than seven years of le­gal bat­tles and flip-flop de­ci­sions, Knox was defini­tively ac­quit­ted of Mered­ith Kercher’s mur­der by Italy’s high­est court in March 2015.

But a dam­ag­ing con­vic­tion and three­year sen­tence for falsely ac­cus­ing a Con­golese bar owner of the mur­der was con­firmed, leav­ing a cloud over her ac­quit­tal.

KNOX Ac­quit­ted

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