ALERT – Schapelle Corby to Be Pardoned by SBY: Report

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The Australian think-thank the Lowy Institute  in Sydney says convicted drug-smuggler Schapelle Corby is to be granted a pardon by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

The organisation said on its Twitter account: “Indonesian President SBY to pardon Schapelle Corby according to Indonesian sources.”

Corby, 32, is serving a 20-year term in Bali’s Kerobokan Prison for smuggling 4.2 kilograms of marijuana into the island in 2004.

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90 Responses to “ALERT – Schapelle Corby to Be Pardoned by SBY: Report”

  1. John Power Says:

    Seems like her ” I’m a loon” trick is working!

  2. Don Says:

    Free her before there is blood on Rudd’s hands

  3. Gold Coasters Know the Truth Says:

    PAUL D…I am 150% with you as a lot of my colleagues are…..Billy Dean, If you truly Know all the Corby’s then what you are saying here is pure crap! Also, after speaking to many expats in Bali, there is a ‘want’market for GOOD marijuana as the local marijuana is not good and not so cheap….so i suggest YOU stop the crap and let everyone have their opinion! I believe she is guilty but i wouldn’t wish anyone 20 years in prison for marijuana but i also respect other countries rules and regulations and if you do the crime, pay the frieking time!!!

  4. Gold Coasters Know the Truth Says:

    Her sister is married to a Balinese man!!, don’t tell me that she doesn’t ‘know’ how the ‘system’ works in Bali….Most people who have ever gone to Bali, perhaps only 1 time, knows how the ‘system’ works so if Chapper’s sister is married to a Balinese man from Kuta……work it out skeptics or visit the Gold Coast and ask the locals! A lot of people were questioned but a lot of people refused to ‘tell-all-on-record’….did the police know about the corby family?, did the AFP know about the Corby family….did they know about them for years??? hmmmmm some people believe/know they do!!!!

  5. Billy Dean Says:

    GCKTT, you know nothing, I live here, and I know the local scene, I know what’s for sale on the streets, how much it costs, and how good it is, it’s a part of my work here.

    There is NO market here for Aussie grass, and the local cost is way lower than the wholesale price in OZ, if there was a market there would have been many more busts, instead of the ONE six years ago.

    So the bullshit is coming from YOU, and the other idiots like you.

    I also know the Corbys, so what you have to say, based on the local gossip, is totally meaningless.

    When you’ve walked the walk you can talk the talk, until then continue hiding behind your pseudonym and talk crap.

  6. Celliso Says:

    gold Coasters know the truth
    I don’t believe anything that you say.. Living in Bali everyone knows who the drug dealers are and you will never find anyone who brought drugs from a Corby. You hear the my friends friend bulls#t often but they are only trying to big note and usually stuff up with their story as it changes with each sentence. I also think that if there was any real evidence of the Corby’s being big drug dealers it would of come out when Mercedes took channel 7 to court for defamation! channel 7 would of spent millions investigating the corby’s and what did they get?? nothing but a photo of Mercedes smoking a joint when she was 17.. fyi- I am also from the Gold Coast, now living in Seminyak.

  7. Celliso Says:

    gold coasters know the truth
    so how does the system work here? Are you trying to say that they should of paid a sh#t load of cash and she would not be in prison??
    If you were innocent why would you pay? if you were not into drugs and never dealt with the system how would you know how it works??
    Its people like you who should “work it out”
    If you didn’t know it is also against the law to bribe an officer or the courts in both Australia and Indonesia..

  8. shorty Says:

    billy dean says i’m an idiot. reading some of the posts i’m inclined to agree – i can’t see how slagging people with a different opinion can help the corby cause. perhaps someone can enlighten me.

    for the record, corby was not the first caught bringing in smoke to bali. michael blanc was caught in ’99 and convicted for bringing in 3.8kg of hash.

    look at the profilesof convicted

  9. shorty Says:

    apologies..wrong button.

    look at the profiles of convicted smugglers currently held in indonesian jails. the majority were caught bringing gear into ri.

    bringing it in doesn’t necessarily mean it’s for local consumption. it can be merely a staging point for transhipment. the bali 9 case supports this.

  10. Celliso Says:

    Australia is not a producer of Hash so i very much doubt Michael Blanc was on a flight from Australia. Maybe India where it is cheap and sold in Bali a profit would be made.
    In the Corby case the marijuana would of been worth much more in Australia. Why would anyone take the huge risk and make no money in Bali when more money could be made in Australia where if caught you would be lucky to get a fine?

  11. Billy Dean Says:

    shorty, I don’t know if you do this deliberately or not, and care less …. Blanc brought HASHISH from India, not grass from Australia, so it has nothing to do with what I stated, that NO grass from Australia has ever been found smuggled into Bali, before or since.

    There is NO market for it here, unless you are stupid, and want to lose a lot of money.

  12. shorty Says:

    so what? before blanc no one had been sprung bringing in hash. before corby….before the bali nine….how do you know bali/ri is the ultimate market?

    how the hell does this nitpicking help corby?

    wow…i told shorty he’s a dickhead….i’m sure kerobokan is now more comfortable.

  13. Steve Says:

    Always a first time for everything. It’s like saying Renae Lawrence got busted on a first offense when in actual fact she’d done the run to Bali several times before.

  14. Billy Dean Says:

    Wow shorty, I touched a nerve there, you really don’t like being proved wrong, do you?

    You shouldn’t be so precious.

  15. Billy Dean Says:

    Steve, as near sighted as shorty, are you related?

    Renae Lawrence was taking drugs out of Bali, not bringing them in.

  16. Brian Says:

    According to a NZ web site someone is about to release proof of AFP corruption.

  17. Brian Says:

    I think Steve and Shorty are one and the same.
    Notice how shorty starts back peddling with..
    “how the hell does this nitpicking help corby?”

    These people who believe there is a market for Oz marijuana fell for Matthew Moore’s “Why Australian expats crave Aussie Gold” printed in most major newspapers on the 26th of May 2005 hook, line and sinker.
    The day before the Australian government new Schapelle was going to be convicted of a crime she did not commit.
    The story was designed to quell support for Schapelle, it gave Australians a reason to believe that she maybe guilty.
    Anyone with half a brain who actually analysed the beat up could quickly see through it.
    The story goes that the “Aussie Gold” was worth $20,000 a kilo in Bali as he bases them on selling the mj by the gram in Bali.
    If you sold 4.2 kilos of smoke in Sydney at the time by the gram it actually works out in excess of $25,000. Moore quoted wholesale by the kilo prices if sold in Oz and by the gram in Bali.
    To this day idiots still haven’t done the math.

  18. Anna Mia Says:

    Forget everything else about that article Brian.

    Don’t people realise that the Balinese along with the rest of the world have worked out how to grow dope hydrponically?
    Anyone can grow it, so why take the risk of importing it.
    Matthew Moore should be brought before a royal commission to find out exactly who put him up to it.

  19. Toucha Says:

    When will you all wake up & see SBY for the racist Muslim pig that he is?? Schapelle (contrary to the crap posted by Kay Danes) NEVER got a fair trial! That was (in hindsight) always an impossibility. The Indonesians have wanted to make an example of Schapelle since the day she was arrested & have now got us all sitting in their little hand just where they want us. Their racist despise of Australians is absolutely vile. As for the 3 Aussies on deathrow, their cases are completely different- they are guilty, Schapelle is not. Simple as that! If any readers here want true facts on Schapelle’s case then go to the website freeschapelle.com for proof of why SBY MUST pardon Scapelle. Any other decision by him just further proves the pathetic, weak & racist leader that he is! To all true supporters of the innocent Schapelle: please join Don, Morph, Al, Nosaj & myself at freeschapelle.com. Thanks in advance! Toucha.

  20. todd Says:

    Here in austrailia i have not herd anything of this talk.But xxoo corby.

  21. Steve Says:

    Maybe Matthew Moore put the drugs in her bag? lmao

  22. shorty Says:

    sorry brian, i’m not steve.

    reread my posts. i’m not back pedalling. i ask you again, “how the hell does this nitpicking help corby?”

    everthing pro corby posted here has been posted elsewhere and in court. has it helped? no.

    you might feel better, but she’s still in kerobokan.

    shouting at a deaf man doesn’t restore his hearing.

  23. Roy Says:

    Nowhere in Indonesia’s clemency laws it is stated that a prisoner must first admit guilt in order to receive clemency.

    The Corby family were not, and are not, involved in the drug trade. I have known them for 25 years, so I know. I also posses copies of those Police Certificates mentioned earlier, which prove beyond doubt that the Corby’s (Dad, Mum, Mercedes, Michael and Schapelle) do not have criminal records.

    GCKTT’s suggestion that a lot of Gold Coaster’s were questioned by the AFP about the Corby family, following Schapelle’s arrest, is absolute rubbish. Her alleged crime was not investigated in Australia, at all, and this in itself raises a lot of unanswered questions.

    At this stage, however, Schapelle’s innocence is not the issue at stake. She is seriously mentally ill and urgently needs to be repatriated on humanitarian grounds, so she can receive the much needed medical treatment that she simply will not get all the while she remains in Kerobokan Prison.

    So, to those misguided individuals who believe Schapelle is guilty, how about showing some compassion for a fellow Australian, and support her bid for clemency. Her very life will almost certainly depend on a successful outcome.

  24. shorty Says:

    sorry roy, under the legal process a plea for presidential clemency must contain an admission of guilt.

    20 years or admit guilt ( whether true or not is immaterial) – if you want to get out/go home… a no brainer.

    as i’ve said before, it’s their game and rules.

  25. Roy Says:

    Sorry shorty, but you are wrong. Schapelle’s application for clemency is based on the fact that she has a serious and deteriorating mental illness. She is asking to be pardoned on humanitarian grounds, and according to Indonesian law, there is NO requirement for her to admit guilt in these circumstances.

    As you say, their game, their rules, and this IS their ruling on the matter.

  26. warga bali Says:

    haaa you guys are all got to much opinion, get a job .no ones really knows the truth end of the story .

  27. Louise Says:

    I agree with warga Bali (75)…….What is wrong with all of you????….especially Billy Dean, you seem hell bent on sounding like a repetative idiot. Having lived in Bali for 15 years many years ago, I am saddened to read the ramblings of certain people on this site proclaiming to be expats now living in Bali. Morons who are obviously very in the know about the local drug scene, or at least they make out they are. Sad pathetic creatures who are of no benefit to either society I’m afraid. I think all of you “I know I live here” respondents, know nothing at all.No one really knows !!

  28. steve san Says:

    anyone who has ever seen,smoked,smelt or brought pot around indo would know its total crap and not worth the energy. its all stalk and corn on the cob ie seed and only gives you a headache,about 12 years ago i brought it twice smoked a big joint and got nothing out off it so flused it, may i suggest drink more bintang,.so there is a market for good pot here at extremely high prices thats why the corby team thought they could keep getting away with it. billy dean is bias and cant see the heads for the cabbage ie leaf and should let people have their say, i live in banjer with my local family wife children etc and couldnt count more than 5 locals that think the corby team is not guilty, at least shortys on the right track and hes putting out his veiws but not dictate ing,good on ya shorty, p s. the old story you got caught but how many times did they get through…..

  29. Roy Says:

    Sorry shorty, but you are wrong. Schapelle’s application for clemency is based on the fact that she has a serious and deteriorating mental illness. She is asking to be pardoned on humanitarian grounds, and according to Indonesian law, there is NO requirement for her to admit guilt in these circumstances.

    As you say, their game, their rules, and this IS their ruling on the matter.

    I notice my earlier posting of this comment (21st) is still awaiting moderation. This must have been overlooked, so I am posting it again.

  30. Roy Says:

    The Corby family have NEVER taken marijuana to Bali, and no one else has ever, deliberately, taken a commercial quantity there from Australia either.

    In 1997 Steve and Dee did find themselves in a similar situation to Schapelle. Upon arrival in their Bali hotel they found compressed marijuana in their bag. They contacted the Australian Consulate who advised them to flush the drugs down the toilet, which they did.

    There is no other known case of a commercial quantity of marijuana being imported into Bali from Australia.

    If Australian marijuana was regularly available in Bali, there would have been more than one arrest (Schapelle’s). The notion that Australian marijuana is available in Bali, is a myth.

  31. Donna Says:

    Didn’t Corby’s family put in the clemency application for her? I don’t think that she would need to admit guilt if the clemency application was submitted on her behalf on humanitarian grounds.
    I think that Shorty may be wrong with his assumptions on that one.

  32. Melly Says:

    Yeah Roy you idiot who says Corbys aren’t guilty just because you say so doesn’t mean it’s true. How much of a naive fool are you? As for the pardon application, you should go and read the law in Indonesia and understand the way things are. If all you do gooders would shut up your mouth than your Corby would not be still there.

  33. Jens Says:

    I think that now the judges have given recommendations that Corby’s sentence be given a substantial cut means that she did not have to admit guilt like so many of you “know it alls” made out. Roy you were right and I think people like Melly who called u an idiot need to apologies.

  34. Stupified Says:

    To “Only Facts”; you are correct in the prosecution needing to find substantial guilt. Once prosecution has their evidence, it is on the defense attorneys to disprove the facts or evidence. Two words and the prosecution has enough evidence to find her guilty, prima facie. Schapelle admitted that the boogie board bag was in fact hers. At that time, once the bag was opened, that was enough evidence for the prosecution (Citing the legal definition of prima facie: Evidence that is sufficient to raise a presumption of fact or to establish the fact in question unless rebutted).

    The defense team did a lackluster job, constantly making mistakes. Not to mention the entire Corby family was running around waiving bribes around on camera. Not only the family, but an Indonesian lawyer and “Mad Ron” making claims that the judges requested bribes. None of that was working in favor of her defense, in fact, it was clogging up what could have been a clear but defense based on the authorities not taking proper action after prima facie was established. Had the press not made a spectacle of the case, the Corby family stayed out of the media, and a solid defense team assembled and the proper defense position established, Schapelle would not be serving 20 years, if any at all.

    To “Roy”; if you do in fact know the family, then it is just plain ignorant to claim none of them have records. James, Schapelles half brother has been arrested for drug charges, pictures of Mercedes and Michael with weed and a pipe in hand have hit the internet. The family is a bunch of shady characters that thought they were smart enough to beat the system, but when the pressure of the law came down, none of them could keep their composure and turned the whole trial into a circus and solidified Schapelle being convicted.

    And Im not saying that the 500/500 conviction rating is just, but without all the bull that happened outside of the court, the defense had a very compelling case. She surely wouldn’t be doing anywhere near 20 years even if convicted.

    To “Billy Dean”; Schapelle was in fact given a chance to plead not guilty, she made that plea the whole trial. She also made her final closing plea on the day the judges gave their verdict in which she sat in the middle of the court, alone, and plead for her release and a verdict of not guilty. It was filmed and made into a documentary. Her was her exact closing statement: “I cannot admit to a crime I did not commit. And to the judges, my life at the moment is in your hands, but I would prefer if my life was in your hearts….And your Honour, I ask of you to show compassion, to find me innocent, to send me home. Saya tidak bersalah (“I am not guilty”, in Indonesian).”

    To follow the facts from both sides of the law, you cant be bias towards any one way. This post might seem one sided, against Schapelle, but I acknowledge the wrongs made by the Indonesian officials. However, like its been said before in documents I’ve read through, her asking, after the drugs had been seized and she was arrested, the Indonesian officials don’t have to tailor to her requests for the tapes and for the bags to be weighed. That is the job of her legal counsel to put in formal requests. Instead, the defense made up untrue scenarios of bag checkers loading up the bags with marijuana because he happened to hear some news a few days prior about a cocaine syndicate.

    The defense had no business trying that case. The family shouldnt have been anywhere near the media. The Indonesian officials should have proceeded with by-the-book evidence gathering; however they had prima facie on their side and the defense did nothing to rebut it, which alone is enough to seal a conviction, especially in a loose judicial system of Indonesia.

    To be ironic and pretentious, you can put that in your pipe and smoke it. Every word is fact, not bias to any one side from before I gathered the facts, in fact, when I watched the documentary, for a long while I was pulling for her. The fact of the matter is, there was nothing on her defense that helped her, only hindered her if anything. Made it a walk in the park for the prosecution, who I can guarantee planned and prepped for a much more grueling back and fourth trial then the circus of no defense that they went up against.

  35. Trent Says:

    I just recently saw the Schapelle documentary,so for me it’s kind of like “watching the whole pre-recorded ball game,and the home team loses!”.There really should be a program ratings warning “SE” (sad ending),because my heart stopped when she was sentenced 20 years.I sincerely hope Schapelle gets a pardon,but can someone please help me to understand…why not rent a board(luggage fee)…was the board still in the bag and did they check for prints…if the board was missing,did they search the airport?

  36. james Says:

    she was innocent to begin with; iNDONESIA STILL BOTCHED THE SHOW TRAIL. Now they want to get rid of her and save face. Now is their chance. There is no purpose in having her caged anymore’ If she dies, the stigma will never leave Bali. Been there before, but would never, never go again.I think if SBY refuses this, Julia should cut all aid to Indonesia until she is released
    James Dallas, Texas USA

  37. Erwin (The Netherlands) Says:

    @ Trent (85): I started to read everything about Schapelle, after I have seen Ganja Queen on the Belgian television on march,31st this year and since that day I haven’t stopped. I might call it “studying” the case. I have been reading the pro’s and the contras. In the beginning I also had my thoughts, but the more I was reading, the more I was convinced that she didn’t had a fair trial. When you read everything concerning this trial, you would understand that a trial and investigation this can never be possible in any other civilized country. Trent, i will help you out with your questions.
    1. Schapelle didn’t rent a board because she had one. Why rent something that you have yourself? You wouldn’t buy shorts on your vacation address just because they are cheaper, do you? I don’t rent any diving gear because I have this of my own.
    2. the board was still in the bag, so they didn’t have to search for it and no, they didn’t checked her luggage for fingerprints, even after she begged to do this. Of course I could tell you so many things about this tragic story, but I give you a good advice Trent, just do the same as I did, and start reading. Remember, this is a story without an end although, I hope, and thousands of others around the world with me, that this will end VERY soon.
    Best regards from The Netherlands, Europe.

  38. Dong Terherst Says:

    So as a first step, let’s focus on helping third world countries become nic’s.

  39. Al Wilson Says:

    Were are the Australian governments humanitarian representations on behalf of schapelle ???.

    The Australian government are playing out lolly pop support.

  40. unforgivenwaves Says:

    The trial was unfair and the Australian government failed in their duty to ensure a fair trial under local law.

    The AFP failed to undertake proper police procedures to investigate a possible link to a criminally organized drug smuggling operation that occurred in the same Australian international air port the same day Schapelle’s flight left for Bali.

    Every one knows that Australians do not traffic drugs to Indonesia.

    The Australian government and it’s agency’s day of judgment is coming closer.

    Don’t worry about that blaming Schapelle crap,it don’t work no more.

    Australians like can clearly see through the media witch hunt that was aimed at covering up the inconsistencies of Australian officials involved in the care and conduct of giving assistance to Schapelle in relation to her overseas trial.

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