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Amanda Knox's family waits at an Italian airport to take the 24-year-old home to the US a day after winning her freedom.
In a successful appeal of their murder convictions, Knox, who was kept hidden from the TV cameras at the airport, and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, were exonerated Monday.
The four-year ordeal has left some Italians disappointed in their justice system.
(SOUNDBITE) (Italian) GIOVANNI MARCHESINI SAYING:
"My impression is that while on one hand the Italian justice system did look good, because it reversed the verdict, so if the youngsters are innocent, it was recognised, even if with a delay, but on the other hand it comes out badly anyway, because if they are innocent they were jailed unjustly for four years and if they are guilty, no one will pay for this crime."
(SOUNDBITE) (Italian) NORA FICO SAYING:
"I think it was handled badly, to reverse a verdict after four years, they could have done it four years ago and we would've saved a lot of money."
Knox was studying in Perugia in 2007 when she was arrested along with Sollecito and Rudy Guede for the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher.
Guede's conviction was upheld in a separate appeal, but his sentence was reduced from 30 years to 16.
Lindsey Parietti, Reuters