CNN Wire Staff
Seattle (CNN) - A libel case against the parents of Amanda Knox "feels very personal," the mother of the American student convicted of murder in Italy told CNN.
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"I wouldn't say the Italian justice system (is after us.) I would say a few people in Perugia, definitely," Edda Mellas said, referring to the central Italian city where Knox was tried for the 2007 killing of her British roommate Meredith Kercher.
She cited a radio commentator who suggested the authorities' attitude seemed to be: "Maybe if we keep at them they'll go away or go bankrupt or whatever.
"But it's not stopping us," she said.
"It's all about truth and justice and we have done nothing wrong," she said.
"Amanda's allowed to tell her story and she's been saying it hundreds of times since she was arrested," Mellas said. "When we get asked, 'What did Amanda tell you?', we tell the truth: Here's what Amanda said. And that's why we're being charged."
Mellas and her ex-husband, Curt Knox, were indicted Tuesday on charges of libeling police in Perugia, she and the family's Italian attorney said.
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