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23/09/2013 04:08 BST | Updated 23/09/2013 06:54 BST

Amanda Knox Retrial: American Won't Return To Italy To Face Trial Over Meredith Kercher Murder

Amanda Knox says she will not return to Italy to face retrial over the murder of British student Meredith Kercher, because she has "plenty to fear".

The 26-year-old American has also said she cannot afford the trip to Europe.

Knox said she was trying to rebuild her life after the "ultimate nightmare" of being wrongfully convicted and imprisoned over the killing of the Leeds University student in November 2007.

Speaking to ITV's Daybreak, she said: "I have plenty to fear because I was already imprisoned wrongfully, I was already convicted wrongfully and this is everything to fear, this, as an innocent person, is the ultimate nightmare, this does not make sense."

Knox has denied any involvement in the killing of Ms Kercher, who was found with her throat slashed in the bedroom of the house they shared in Perugia, central Italy.

She was convicted along with her Italian former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito following a high-profile trial, but the pair were later cleared in 2011 after an appeal court found the prosecution lacking and criticised large swathes of the case against them.

Italy's supreme court has ordered a new trial but Knox, who now lives in Seattle, has said she will not attend for several reasons, including being unable to afford to travel to Italy and remain in the country for the duration of a retrial.