Amanda Knox to sign 2.5 mn pounds book deal

February 18th, 2012 - 12:55 am ICT by IANS  

London, Feb 17 (IANS) American Amanda Knox who was cleared on appeal of the murder of a British student will tell her story after signing a book deal worth a reported 2.5 million pounds.

Knox - cleared of the murder of Meredith Kercher - will give “a full and unflinching account” of her “terrifying ordeal”, The Sun Friday quoted the publishing giant HarperCollins as saying.

The 24-year-old wrote journals during her four-year imprisonment in Perugia, Italy, that could now be used for the memoir.

Harper Collins have not revealed how much they would be paying but reports suggest the Knox deal is worth up to $4 million.

It comes after a court last year overturned Knox’s conviction for killing Meredith, 21, from Coulsdon, Surrey.

But prosecutors asked Italy’s highest criminal court earlier this week to reinstate the convictions of Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, 27.

Prosecutor Giovanni Galati said he was “very convinced” that Sollecito and Knox were responsible for stabbing Meredith to death. The appeal, which was expected, marks the third and final stage in the criminal case against the pair.

They were found guilty in a lower court of killing Knox’s flatmate in what prosecutors described as a sex-fuelled attack, and sentenced to 26 years and 25 years respectively.

An appeal court rejected the conviction, freeing Knox to return home to the US after serving four years in prison.

A court-ordered DNA review in the appeal discredited evidence used to convict Knox and Sollecito in 2009.

The appeal court in October said the guilty verdicts against the pair were not corroborated, and the court had not proved they were in the house when Leeds University student Meredith was killed in 2007.

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