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    Amanda Knox in court over police violence claim

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    Amanda Knox has appeared in public for the first time since her murder conviction, returning to court to face slander charges for saying she was beaten by police during questioning over the death of her roommate.


    The 22-year-old American sported a shorter haircut and a yellow T-shirt at a preliminary hearing held behind closed doors in a Perugia courthouse.


    Knox has said she was beaten by police during questioning over the 2007 killing of Meredith Kercher, the 21-year-old Briton who shared an apartment with Knox while studying in Perugia.


    Knox said she had been the subject of a "crescendo" of police pressure and that a policewoman hit her twice on the head. Police have denied the misconduct and filed slander charges against her.


    She said that behaviour led her to accuse an innocent man - the owner of a pub in Perugia where Knox worked - who was arrested as a result of Knox's statements before being later cleared.


    Knox has been in jail since shortly after Kercher's body was found on November 2, 2007, in the house the two students shared.


    After a year long trial, Knox was convicted of murder and sexual assault and sentenced to 26 years in jail. Her ex-boyfriend and co-defendant at the trial, Raffaele Sollecito of Italy, was also convicted and sentenced to 25 years.


    A third person, Ivorian Rudy Hermann Guede, was convicted of murder in separate proceedings and sentenced to 16 years.