Europe court orders Italy to pay Knox
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.