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Report: Amanda Knox 'loves Italy' and might return

Amanda Knox, left, is comforted by her sister, Deanna Knox, during a news conference shortly after her return to the US on Oct. 4, 2011, in Seattle.

Amanda Knox "loves Italy" and would like to return despite having spent four years in a prison there before a murder conviction was overturned last year, her lawyer reportedly said.

The 24-year-old may go back to Italy as early as September because her parents are charged with slandering the Perugia police, according to an ABC News report, citing the Italian news service ANSA.


Carlo Dalla Vedova, one of Knox's lawyers, told ANSA that Knox "loves Italy and likes Perugia" and would like to return to the country "as a tourist, but if necessary she will return to testify in the trials against her parents," ABC News said.

Knox's mother and father face a prison sentence if found guilty of slandering police officers in a 2009 interview with London's Sunday Times newspaper in which they alleged their daughter was physically abused and threatened while being questioned.

Knox spent four years of a 26-year sentence in a Perugia prison on charges that she killed her British roommate Meredith Kercher.

Her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito was also convicted. A third person, Rudy Guede, was convicted of taking part in the murder in a separate trial.

The Italian appeals court that overturned the murder conviction of American student Amanda Knox is now explaining its ruling in a newly-released report. NBC's Stephanie Gosk reports.

Knox and Sollecito were cleared of the murder last year, but Knox was convicted of a separate charge of slandering her former boss by saying he was involved in the murder.

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