Schapelle Corby Feigning Mental Illness Says Fellow Prisoner
The Bali Times
CONVICTED drug-smuggler Schapelle Corby pretends to be insane when people are around her in an attempt to gain release from her 20-year sentence from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, a fellow inmate at Kerobokan Prison has told The Bali Times.
Lawyers for the Australian former beautician who was arrested with 4.2 kilograms of marijuana at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport in 2004 have filed for clemency from President Yudhoyono after all other avenues of appeal were exhausted.
Corby, 32, has had multiple stays at Sanglah Hospital in Denpasar for apparent severe depression, and local and Australian psychiatrists who visited her in jail have said she is mentally troubled.
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But an Australian prisoner, a member of the Bali Nine group of convicts sentenced to varying terms ranging from 20 years to life and death, has told The Bali Times that Corby is merely “playing crazy.”
The inmate requested that their name not be used because of sensitivities within Kerobokan Prison and because they also have legal processes ongoing.
They told The Bali Times: “She is still trying to play the crazy girl. But, hey, if it works, I might try it myself.”
They added, “She seems OK … when she thinks no one is looking, but when she knows people are looking at her she changes straight away.”
The fellow inmate cautioned that the apparent pretence at mental illness might eventually lead to difficulties for Corby.
“If she keeps this up she will end up crazy, because the mind is a powerful thing and if you believe you are sick but you are not you end up sick anyway.”
The prisoner added, in a reference to Corby’s supposed fear of the media: “She acts like she does not like reporters but she does.”
When The Bali Times visited the prison on Monday for an event for inmates organised by the Bali International Women’s Association, Corby had closed herself off in her cell and placed sarongs across the sole window.
Corby has formally lodged a petition for clemency from President Yudhoyono in her last-gasp bid for freedom, citing mental illness.
Denpasar District Court clerk Gede Ketut Rantam said on Monday Corby’s petition was submitted to the President through the Supreme Court on March 31.
Corby’s lawyer Iskandar Nawing said his client was appealing for presidential clemency now that her conviction and 20-year jail sentence were confirmed with finality by the Supreme Court. To receive the president’s mercy a convict needs to admit guilt.
She has consistently refused up to now to do so, maintaining she is innocent and therefore wrongly convicted.
Nawing also said a movie was planned about his client. That news was broken by on Australian morning TV show on Thursday.
Australian television and other media regularly feature stories on Corby. Her bid for clemency featured on TV shows in Australia this week.Filed under: Headlines