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Amanda Knox is returning to Italy for the first time since she was convicted and imprisoned, but ultimately acquitted, in the murder of her British roommate in the hilltop university town of Perugia.
The American was invited to attend a conference running from June 13-15, organized in Modena by the Criminal Chamber of the northern city and the Italy Innocence Project, which seeks to help people who have been convicted of crimes they did not commit, according to CNN.
Knox, 31, will talk about the way media can cause judicial errors, reports NBC News.
"The Italy Innocence Project didn't yet exist when I was wrongly convicted in Perugia. I'm honored to accept their invitation to speak to the Italian people at this historic event and return to Italy for the first time," Knox said Tuesday on Twitter.
Knox’s former roommate Meredith Kercher was murdered in Italy in 2007 while they were both studying abroad. Knox was 20 at the time of the murder. She and then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted of Kercher’s murder and sentenced to lengthy prison terms but an appeals court threw out their convictions in October 2011, citing a lack of evidence. Knox and Sollecito were fully exonerated in 2015.
Meanwhile, Rudy Guede, with whom the couple were accused of killing Kercher, was found guilty of the sexual assault and murder of Kercher in a separate 2008 trial. Knox spent nearly four years in an Italian prison after having her character ripped apart by tabloids.
She has hinted that she will return to the country that imprisoned her earlier this year at a panel entitled “Wrongfully Accused,” held in New York City. It was part of the multi-day true crime festival Death Becomes Us.
Despite admitting she is scared to return, she said during the fest she won’t let it deter her from returning in the future.
“Italy’s not an evil place,” she said. “If Italy’s an evil place, then everywhere’s an evil place.”
Knox said that facing one’s fears is part of a healing process.
“I know the main thing that still terrifies me most is returning to Italy,” she said. “It’s something I know I have to do and I will do it.”
She said she doesn’t hate anybody involved in her case, including prosecutors; she just thinks people made mistakes.
“It’s hard to hate something that seems so human,” she said. “That doesn’t mean I’m not angry. I’m really angry about what happened to me but it’s so human what happened to me.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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