In the interview, they are quoted as saying that their daughter had told them that while she was being questioned and before she was arrested in 2007 for the killing, she had not been given an interpreter, had not received food and water, and had been physically and verbally abused by the police.
The judge, Paolo Micheli, opened the hearing today and then immediately postponed it, saying he was stepping down from trying the case after a request made by the defense. The defense cited a conflict because Micheli is the same judge who indicted Knox and Sollecito in 2008.
He set the next hearing date for Jan. 24 at 11 a.m. before a yet-to-be named judge.
Mellas was in court accompanied by the same two lawyers who are defending her daughter in the Kercher appeal trial. Her husband, Mellas, watched the proceedings from the public section of the tiny courtroom.
Knox's father, Curt Knox, was not present at this hearing; neither were the police officers.
Mellas spoke to the media after the hearing was postponed and said she was unsure what had happened in today's hearing because the court had not provided her with an interpreter.
She said she was waiting to have it explained by her lawyers and shrugged, saying, "It's just another delay."