European Court of Human Rights Sides With Amanda Knox—to a Point

ROME—In March 2015, Italy’s highest court definitively acquitted American exchange student Amanda Knox and her erstwhile boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito of the murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher in Perugia in 2007. She and Sollecito had been twice convicted of the heinous crime, but the final acquittal in Rome was not the final word.

On Thursday, the European Court of Human Rights decided that Italy violated some of Knox’s rights when they originally interrogated her, backing up her claim that she was denied an interpreter or a lawyer and that the interrogators hit her. But they did not support her claim that she had been treated inhumanely.

“The court further observed that at the hearing of 17 December 2007, Ms. Knox had stated that she had been deprived of sleep until she incriminated D.L.,” the court ruling reads, referring to Patrick Diya Lumumba, the full name of the man she initially accused of committing her roommate’s murder. “She had also complained about the limited choice of food offered to her during the period in question. Moreover, the extreme emotional shock that she had sustained during the police interviews had been mentioned in her statement and in that of the interpreter.”

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