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Raffaele Sollecito says he was slapped during interrogation by Italian police

Raffaele Sollecito smiles after hearing the verdict that overturns her conviction and acquits him of murdering his British roomate Meredith Kercher, at the Perugia court, Italy, Monday Oct. 3, 2011. AP Photo/Oli Scarff

(CBS) In October of 2011, Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were acquitted of the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy.

Despite that legal victory, Knox is still facing criminal slander charges in Italy. In 2009, Knox testified in open court, that police interrogators struck her in the head during their questioning about the Kercher murder. However, the Perugia police interrogators deny the charge and have brought a criminal defamation suit against Knox.

Now, Sollecito is also alleging physical abuse by Perugia police interrogators.

"48 Hours" correspondent, Peter Van Sant, recently interviewed Sollecito about his police brutality claim - a claim he first made in his just released book, "Honor Bound"

Sollecito told Van Sant about his interrogation and the pressure he received from both the police and his family, to turn on Amanda Knox.

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