Firebrand Aussie Hanson Says Corby Should Stay in Bali Jail
Australia’s former firebrand rightwing politician Pauline Hanson says convicted drug trafficker Schapelle Corby should stay in jail in Bali.
Hanson, who went to jail in Australia over corruption charges relating to her parliamentary expenses as leader — and sole national parliamentary member — of the One Nation party, says in a magazine interview published this week that Australian taxpayers should not have to pay to keep Corby in jail at home.
She told Woman’s Day: “She was convicted on drug charges in Bali and that’s where she must do her time. That’s unless, of course, our government is prepared to seek an exchange programme with other countries.
“Our jails, especially in Queensland from my experience, are far too soft for convicted murderers, rapists, drug traffickers, paedophiles and now our ever-increasing numbers of people smugglers.”
Queensland Premier Anna Bligh last year backed a bid by Corby’s family to have Corby, a former student beautician, her serve her jail time in Australia.
Corby was sentenced to 20 years’ prison in 2005 for bringing 4.2 kilograms of marijuana into Bali the year before. After losing a string of appeals, the 32-year-old earlier this year applied for clemency from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, a move that required her admission of guilt.
A top psychiatrist retained by the Corby family warned that she would not survive her sentence if she remained in Kerobokan Jail, saying she was “hanging on by a thread.”
Hanson, a former fish-and-chip-shop owner, spent 11 weeks in jail in Queensland in 2003 following her own conviction but was released on acquittal at an appeal hearing.
Australia has proposed a prisoner exchange treaty with Indonesia but talks on this have dragged on for years with no progress.Filed under: Headlines