With a new verdict in the Meredith Kercher murder case just days away, suspect Amanda Knox has said for the first time that she is prepared to be a fugitive from Italian justice if she is convicted.

Asked what she will do if found guilty on January 30 of killing the British student in Perugia in 2007, Knox said: “In that case I will be… a fugitive.”

The 26-year-old American was convicted of fatally stabbing Ms Kercher in 2009 along with her then-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, 29. They were acquitted in 2011 on appeal after four years in an Italian jail.

Knox returned to her home town of Seattle to resume her studies before Italy’s supreme court ordered a new trial last year.

A prosecutor has now demanded that she serve 30 years, claiming the supreme court had “razed” the arguments made by the appeal court.

With the new trial coming to an end in Florence, Knox said today she had wanted to return to Italy to appear in court, but was afraid of being arrested, even before a conviction.

“I miss Italy a lot,” she told Italian newspaper La Repubblica. “But I am afraid, I was in jail for four years without doing anything wrong and even though I screamed my innocence no one believed me.”

Knox emailed a letter pleading her innocence to the presiding judge and it was read out in court — but that was as far as she was prepared to go, she said. “They accused me of doing a cartwheel at the police station the night of my interrogation and used my laughter as evidence against me,” she said. “Even if I had shown up at the police station nude and dancing, that doesn’t mean I was an assassin.”

Ivory Coast-born drifter Rudy Guede was given a definitive sentence for his role in the murder but could qualify for occasional day release this year, according to Italian press reports.

If they are convicted, Knox and Sollecito’s case must return to the supreme court. If the conviction is upheld, Italy could launch extradition proceedings to force Knox to return to serve her sentence.

Sollecito was in court today to hear his lawyer argue that DNA evidence used to convict the pair was unreliable. Knox said: “He is much more optimistic than me. He believes in justice and is convinced he will be acquitted.”

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  • Nov. 2, 2007

    British student Meredith Kercher, 21, is <a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20130326/eu-italy-knox-chronology/” target=”_blank”>found murdered</a> in the Perugia, Italy apartment she shares with 20-year-old Amanda Knox, an American student. Post-mortem examination reveals evidence of sexual activity before death. <em>This undated file photo released on Nov. 3, 2007 by the Italian Police shows 21-year-old murdered British university student Meredith Kercher. (AP Photo/Italian Police, ho, file)</em>

  • Nov 6, 2007

    Knox and 23-year-old boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito (right) <a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20130326/eu-italy-knox-chronology/” target=”_blank”>are arrested</a>. Knox’s boss, 38-year-old bar owner Patrick Lumumba, is also arrested after revealing he’d canceled Knox’s shift the night Kercher is murdered. <em>This photo taken Friday Nov. 2, 2007, and made available on Thursday Nov. 8, 2007 shows Amanda Marie Knox, left, and Raffaele Sollecito, looking on outside the rented house where 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher was found dead, in Perugia, Italy. (AP Photo/Stefano Medici, File)</em>

  • Nov. 20, 2007

    Lumumba is <a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20130326/eu-italy-knox-chronology/” target=”_blank”>released from jail</a> for lack of evidence after Knox implicates him to police. <em>Congolese Patrick Lumumba Diya (R) with his lawyer Carlo Pacelli leaves the police headquaters in Perugia, 20 November 2007. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)</em>

  • Dec. 6, 2007

    20-year-old drug dealer and Ivory Coast national <a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20130326/eu-italy-knox-chronology/” target=”_blank”>Rudy Hermann Guede</a> becomes a third suspect. He is extradited from Germany and taken into custody upon his arriving in Italy. <em>Ivory Coast citizen Rudy Hermann Guede arrives at Rome’s Fiumicino airport, 06 December 2007 after being extradited from Germany where he was arrested last 20 November. (TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)</em>

  • Oct. 28, 2008

    Judge indicts Knox and Sollecito on murder and sexual assault charges. Guede, who was granted a fast-track trial, is convicted of murder and sexual assault and sentenced to 30 years in prison after confessing to being in the house on the night of the murder. He maintains his innocence, instead blaming an Italian stranger for the crime. <em>Rudy Hermann Guede, of the Ivory Coast, center, is escorted by penitentiary police officers as he arrives at the opening of his appeal’s trial in a Perugia court, central Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Stefano Medici)</em>

  • Sept. 26, 2008

    Knox and Sollecito meet in court for the first time since their arrests. <em>In this Sept. 26, 2008 file photo, American murder suspect Amanda Knox , center, is escorted by Italian penitentiary police officers to Perugia’s court at the end of a hearing, central Italy. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito, files)</em>

  • Jan. 16, 2009

    Knox and Sollecito’s trial begins in Perugia. <em>Amanda Knox smiles to her lawyer Luciano Ghirga as she arrives at Perugia’s court, Italy, Friday, Jan. 16, 2009. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)</em>

  • March 6, 2009

    After claiming she was pressured to name a suspect, Knox tells the court she was at Sollecito’s house when Kercher’s murder took place. <em>American murder suspect Amanda Knox, center, is escorted by Italian penitentiary police officers from Perugia’s court after a hearing, central Italy, Tuesday Sept. 16, 2008. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)</em>

  • June 12, 2009

    Knox <a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20130326/eu-italy-knox-chronology/” target=”_blank”>takes the stand</a>, telling the court she was shocked by Kercher’s death. She offers the alibi that she spent that night at her boyfriend’s house and accuses police of beating her into making false statement. <em>Amanda Knox, accused of killing her British housemate two-years ago, takes place in the courtroom on June 12, 2009 in Peruggia. (TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)</em>

  • Nov. 21, 2009

    Italian prosecutors request life sentences for both Knox and Sollecito. <em>U.S. murder suspect Amanda Knox reacts during a hearing at Perugia’s court, Italy, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)</em>

  • Dec. 4, 2009

    Jury retires to consider verdicts. Both defendants are found guilty. Knox is sentenced to 26 years in prison, while Sollecito receives 25 years. <em>U.S. murder suspect Amanda Knox is accompanied to a penitentiary police van as she leaves the court after a final hearing before the verdict, in Perugia, Italy, Friday, Dec. 4, 2009. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)</em>

  • Dec. 22, 2009

    Guede’s <a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20130326/eu-italy-knox-chronology/” target=”_blank”>conviction is upheld</a> by appeals court, though his sentence is cut to 16 years. <em>In this Dec. 22, 2009, file photo, Rudy Hermann Guede of Ivory Coast, looks on during his appeals trial in Perugia, Italy. (AP Photo/Stefano Medici)</em>

  • June 1, 2010

    Knox is indicted on slander charges for claiming she was beaten by police when questioned in 2007 about her roommate’s slaying. <em>Jailed U.S. student Amanda Knox, right, is escorted by police as she arrives for a preliminary hearing in Perugia, Italy, Tuesday, June 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Fabrizio Troccoli)</em>

  • Nov. 24, 2010

    Knox and Sollecito’s <a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20130326/eu-italy-knox-chronology/” target=”_blank”>appeals trial begins</a> in Perugia. <em>U.S. murder suspect Amanda Knox, right, is escorted by a penitentiary guard, prior to the start of a hearing in her appeals trial in the murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher, in Perugia’s courthouse, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)</em>

  • Dec. 16. 2010

    Guede’s conviction and 16-year prison sentence <a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20130326/eu-italy-knox-chronology/” target=”_blank”>are upheld</a> by Italy’s highest criminal court. <em>One of the three suspects in the murder of British student Meredith Kercher, Rudy Guede from the Ivory Coast (C), of the United States, leaves at a court hearing in Perugia on September 27, 2008. (TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)</em>

  • June 29, 2011

    The appeals court orders an independent forensic report, which <a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20130326/eu-italy-knox-chronology/” target=”_blank”>questions much of the DNA evidence</a> used in convicting Knox and Sollecito. <em>Amanda Knox (L) looks Raffaele Sollecito (R) as she arrives in Perugia’s court of Appeal during the hearing of her appeal against her murder conviction on June 27, 2011 in Perugia, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)</em>

  • Oct. 3, 2011

    The appeals court <a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20130326/eu-italy-knox-chronology/” target=”_blank”>overturns the murder convictions</a> of Knox and Sollecito and orders their immediate release. <em>Amanda Knox breaks down in tears after hearing the verdict that overturns her conviction and acquits her of murdering her British roommate Meredith Kercher, at the Perugia court on October 3, 2011 in Perugia, Italy. (Photo by Pier Paolo Cito – Pool/Getty Images)</em>

  • March 26, 2013

    Italy’s highest criminal court <a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20130326/eu-italy-knox-chronology/” target=”_blank”>orders a new trial</a> after overturning the previous acquittal of Knox and Sollecito. <em>Luciano Ghirga, lawyer of Amanda Knox, center, talks to journalists as he leaves Italy’s Court of Cassation, in Rome, Tuesday, March 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)</em>