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Amanda Knox indicted for slandering Italian police in 2007

Amanda Knox was ordered to stand trial Monday by an Italian judge for slandering police there over her accusation that she was beaten during a 2007 police interrogation over her roommate's murder.

By Associated Press / November 8, 2010

In this June 1 file photo, jailed US student Amanda Knox, right, is escorted by police as she arrives for a preliminary hearing in Perugia, Italy. On Nov. 8, Knox was indicted on slander charges for claiming she was beaten by police when questioned in 2007 about her roommate's slaying. She is serving a 26-year prison term after her conviction for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher.

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Perugia, Italy

An Italian judge on Monday ordered Amanda Knox to stand trial on slander charges for claiming she was beaten by police when questioned in 2007 about her roommate's slaying.

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The 23-year-old American maintains she was just trying to defend herself and never meant any offense or to slander anybody, her lawyers said.

Knox had claimed she was beaten by police during questioning over the slaying of Meredith Kercher three years ago. Police have denied misconduct and filed charges saying Knox's comments were slanderous.

The judge issued the indictment ruling after a hearing behind closed-doors in Perugia.

Knox is serving a 26-year prison term after she was convicted of murder and sexual assault in December. She has denied murdering Kercher, a 21-year-old Briton, and her appeal is set to begin Nov. 24.

Curt Knox, Amanda Knox's father, told The Early Show on CBS on Monday that "this is going to be her chance once again to have that wrongful conviction overturned."