Amanda Knox Returning to Italy Soon?

01/25/2012 at 03:55 PM EST

Amanda Knox Returning to Italy Soon?
Amanda Knox
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It's been nearly four months since Amanda Knox returned to the United States after spending four years in an Italian jail, but now she may be going back to the country.

Why would she return to a place where she was jailed for so long? She may testify on behalf of her parents, who face up to three years in prison for charges of slander.

One of Knox's lawyers said she "loves Italy" and would consider returning even as a tourist, but may be impelled to do so sooner for legal reasons, reports ABC News.

Knox's parents, Curt Knox and Edda Mellas, who are divorced, are charged with slandering the Perugia police based on statements they made in an interview with London's Sunday Times in 2009. In the interview, they repeated Amanda's claims that she had been physically abused and verbally threatened by police during an interrogation, according to ABC.



Knox, 24, is expected to be called as a defense witness at their trial, which is set to begin on March 30.

Knox, whose murder conviction was overturned last October, also faces her own slander charges for statements regarding police conduct she made during her trial.

Those charges are in addition to a previous conviction against Knox for slandering her former boss, Patrick Lumumba, based on statements she made implicating him in the murder of her roommate, Meredith Kercher.

The Italian court that reversed the murder convictions against Knox and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, upheld the slander conviction, which carried with it a three-year prison sentence, a fine and restitution.

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