Amanda Knox Trial
Media members stand during the Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito's appeal trial session in Perugia (Reuters)

Hours before the jury will reach its verdict, Amanda Knox gave her final statement of her appeals trial on Monday.

Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, who were convicted of the murder of Meredith Kercher in 2009, re-asserted their innocence in the Perugia courtroom, defying the prosecutors who have labeled them vicious, calculating killers.

Below is the transcript of Knox's testimony, translated by ABC news:


It was said many times that I'm a different person from the way I look. And that people cannot figure out who I am. I'm the same person I was four years ago. I've always been the same.

The only difference is what I suffered in four years. I lost a friend in the most brutal inexplicable way. My trust, my full trust in the police has been betrayed. I had to face absolutely unjust charges, accusations and I'm paying with my life for something that I did not commit.

Four years ago I was four years younger, but fundamentally I was younger because I had never suffered before four years ago. Because of four years ago, I didn't know what tragedy was. It was something I would watch on television. That didn't belong to me.

I had never faced so much fear and tragedy and suffering. I did not know how to face that. I didn't know how to live that, deeply. How I felt when we found out that Maddy had been killed, I couldn't believe it. How that was possible, first of all, then fear, because the person whom I shared my life with, who had the bed next to mine had been killed in our home. And if I would have been home that night, I'd be dead. I would have been killed just like her. The only difference is I was not there. I was with Raffaele, at Raffaele's place.

I had no one. He was everything to me at that moment. At that very moment at that moment in time I had him.

And another thing was my passion. I had a sense of duty before justice. I had a sense of duty before authorities which I trusted because they were there to find out who the culprit was, there to protect us. I blindly trusted them wholly, completely, absolutely. And when I made myself available up to the point of utter exhaustion those days, I was betrayed starting Nov. 5. I wasn't, I wasn't only stressed. I was manipulated.

I am not what they say I am,the violence, the spite of life, the life of someone that was not mine. And I didn't do what they say I did. I didn't kill. I didn't rape. I didn't steal. I was not there.

I remember the guy that we met in the apartment downstairs, but I didn't know him even by name. He was just someone around, a face. He was not a person that I had some contact with. So when they say, 'Oh, you knew him, I never did what they said that I did. They also say that that's what happened, but just like this. It's not like that.

I was untidy. We had a good relationship. We were all available to each other. I shared my life, especially with Meredith. We had a friendship. We were friends. She was concerned for me. She was always kind to me. She cared about me.

Maddy was killed, was murdered and I always wanted justice for her. I'm not escaping truth. I never escaped. I'm not fleeing from justice. I insist on the truth. I insist after four hopeless years. My innocence, our innocence is true. It deserves to be defended and acknowledged.

I want to go home. I want to go back to my life. I don't want to be punished. I don't want my future to be taken away from me for something I didn't do. Because I am innocent. Just like he is innocent. We deserve freedom. We didn't do anything not to deserve freedom.

I have all the respect for this court, for the care shown during our trial. Thank you.