FILE - In this June 1, 2010 file photo, jailed US student Amanda Knox, right, is escorted by police as she arrives for a preliminary hearing in Perugia, Italy. On Monday, Nov. 8, 2010 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. (AP Photo/Fabrizio Troccoli, file)
PERUGIA, Italy (AP) - An Italian judge on Monday ordered Amanda Knox to stand trial onslander charges for claiming she was beaten by police whenquestioned in 2007 about her roommate's slaying.
The 23-year-old American maintains she was just trying to defendherself and never meant any offense or to slander anybody, herlawyers said.
Knox had claimed she was beaten by police during questioningover the slaying of Meredith Kercher three years ago. Police havedenied misconduct and filed charges saying Knox's comments wereslanderous.
The judge issued the indictment ruling after a hearing behindclosed-doors in Perugia.
Knox is serving a 26-year prison term after she was convicted ofmurder and sexual assault in December. She has denied murderingKercher, 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 onMonday that "this is going to be her chance once again to have thatwrongful conviction overturned."