- Knox, 28, claims officers subjected her to 'degrading smacks to the head'
- Claims she wrongly accused man of murder because she was 'threatened'
- ECHR case comes after an Italian judge cleared her of slandering police
- Knox was cleared of murdering British student Meredith Kercher in 2007
By Simon Tomlinson for MailOnline
Published: 10:56 GMT, 18 May 2016 | Updated: 14:10 GMT, 18 May 2016
'Degrading smacks to the head': The European Court of Human Rights has accepted a case by Amanda Knox (pictured) that she was mistreated by Italian police during their murder investigation
Amanda Knox's case against Italian police that she was mistreated during their murder investigation has been accepted by the European Court of Human Rights.
Knox, who was cleared last year of murdering British student Meredith Kercher, claims she was slapped and threatened by officers during her interrogation.
The 28-year-old had initially been charged with slandering police in Perugia by claiming they interviewed her under duress.
But a judge in Florence threw out the case in January, paving the way for her to submit a claim to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
Knox alleges that she was subjected to inhumane treatment including 'degrading smacks to the head' during questioning after she was initially arrested for murder in November 2007.
The case also claims the American was not provided with a lawyer or official interpreter, it was reported by The Local, which cited Corriere della Sera.
During that questioning, she wrongly accused Congolese bar owner Patrick Lumumba of murdering Miss Kercher.
Lumumba spent two weeks in jail in 2007 before he was cleared.
Knox was sentenced to time served for slander because she had already spent about four years in an Italian jail.
She later said she fingered Lumumba because police 'threatened' her and she was under severe mental strain after many hours of interrogation.
The ECHR will now request more information from the Italian government before the case is brought to trial, but the process could take several years.
Amanda Knox (centre) speaks to the media outside her parents' home in Seattle, Washington, in March 2015 after she and ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were acquitted of murdering British student Meredith Kercher
Luciano Ghirga, one of Knox's lawyers, said: 'The court's acceptance of the appeal is great news. It's difficult to get cases accepted.'
'I can't say it gives me any satisfaction, however, as so much suffering has already been caused.'
Miss Kercher, 21, was discovered in a pool of blood in the house she shared with Knox in Perugia in November 2007.
The British student had been stabbed four times and her throat slit in what the Italian courts claimed was a sex-game gone wrong.
Knox and her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were found guilty of murder and sentenced to 26 years in jail in 2009.
Knox and ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito (left) were initially found guilty of murdering Meredith Kercher (right) in 2009. They were later acquitted before being found guilty again and finally acquitted by Italy's highest court
However, they were acquitted in 2011 after evidence used against the pair was found to be flawed.
Knox immediately returned to the United States protesting her innocence, but in January 2014, the Italian courts overturned that acquittal and reinstated the guilty verdict.
However, the case ultimately went to the Supreme Court and their conviction was overturned in March 2015.
Six months later, the Court of Cassation issued a formal explanation of why the pair had been cleared, saying there was an 'absolute lack of biological traces' of Knox or Sollecito in the room or on Miss Kercher's body.
The judges wrote: 'The international spotlight on the case in fact resulted in the investigation undergoing a sudden acceleration, that, in the frantic search for one or more guilty parties to consign to international public opinion, certainly didn't help the search for substantial truth.'
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