Saturday 23 September 2017

Knox says she will become a fugitive if court finds her guilty

Amanda Knox
Amanda Knox

Nick Squires Rome

AMANDA Knox has said she is prepared to become "a fugitive" from justice if an Italian court upholds her original conviction for the murder of Meredith Kercher.

As one of the last hearings in her retrial was held yesterday, Ms Knox (26) confirmed from the US that she will fight any extradition request from Italy if the appeals court in Florence finds her guilty of the murder and sexual assault of the British undergraduate in Perugia in 2007. The appeals court is expected to hand down its verdict on January 30.

Asked what she would do if the court overturned her 2011 acquittal for the murder of the Leeds University student, Ms Knox said: "In that case I will be -- how does one say? -- a fugitive."

She told 'La Republica', an Italian daily, that she remained optimistic the court would find her and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito (29) not guilty of the crime.

However, Ms Knox admitted that she feared a different outcome, while again protesting her innocence and insisting that she had nothing to do with the murder of Kercher (21).

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Prosecutors have asked for Ms Knox to be sent to jail for 30 years -- four years more than her original conviction, which was handed down in 2009 but overturned by an appeals court in Perugia in 2011.

But the case was sent back to court last March by Italy's Supreme Court, which criticised the appeals court's questioning of DNA evidence.

She said Mr Sollecito was "convinced" the pair would be absolved of the crime by the Florence court but she had less confidence. He attended the hearing yesterday and said he would be in court for the verdict. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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