Corby Freedom Bid Reportedly Backed By Foreign Ministry

KEROBOKAN

Convicted Australian drug smuggler Schapelle Corby should be freed from her 20-year prison term in Bali on “humanitarian” grounds, Australian media reported on Thursday.

Citing “a well-placed source,” The Age newspaper said the Foreign Ministry in Jakarta — one of several state institutions providing advice to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as he considers Corby’s last-ditch plea for clemency — would suggest “leniency leading to her release from Kerobokan Prison.”

After being convicted in Denpasar in 2005 of smuggling 4.2 kilograms of marijuana into Bali the year before, Corby, 33, has lost all appeals of her sentence.

She has always maintained she is innocent, a victim a drug-trafficking syndicate that surreptitiously used her luggage to ferry the marijuana from Australia to Bali.

However, in requesting a presidential pardon, the petitioner admits their guilt, legal analysts say.

The appeal to the president is based on assertions by Corby that she is suffering a mental illness and should therefore be freed.

It emerged last week that the head of Kerobokan Prison, Siswanto, has provided a report to President Yudhoyono stating that Corby’s declaration that she is mentally disturbed is untrue and that the prisoner was faking the claim.

Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd has been lobbying the Indonesian government for Corby’s release in his new position as foreign minister, most recently at the UN General Assembly in New York last month, where his office said he discussed the issue with Foreign Minster Marty Natalegawa.

Both countries had been negotiating a prisoner-exchange treaty but talks appear to have stalled.

Corby is one of a number of Australians in prison in Bali for drugs offences, three of whom are on death row.

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5 Responses to “Corby Freedom Bid Reportedly Backed By Foreign Ministry”

  1. NevinEsk Says:

    “a victim a drug-trafficking syndicate that surreptitiously used her luggage to ferry the marijuana from Australia to Bali.”
    Not true!.
    (1) No-one has ever trafficked marijuana from Australia to Bali. It has always been the other way around. No-one would attempt to sell MJ in opposition to the local Bali dealers and expect to live.
    (2) The marijuana was never proven to be from Australia despite the defendant requesting a forensic test in writing which was refused by the Bali police.
    (3) Corby asked for fingerprinting but the police refused.
    (4) Corby asked for comparative weights atcheckin in Brisbane and arrival in Bali. Again refused.
    Finger points to some form of corruption going on at Bali airport on that fateful day.

  2. bali girl Says:

    good news for corby. I would assume that the Indonesian government know the truth about her case and her illness and are not taking into account all the rumors and innuendo in the media which is a terrific sign. I wish her the best of luck and I have alway’s believed in her innocence.

  3. Tom Says:

    “In dubio pro reo”…that means… in doubt of guilty or not…NOT guilty !

    FREE Shapelle !!!

    Tom

  4. Carly Says:

    Yes send her back to OZ then we won’t have to hear about her here in Bali.

  5. Squidoo Says:

    White Aussie girl, nuff said. Australians can barely hide their Imperial racism.

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