Schapelle a ‘Naughty Child,’ Says Prison Chief
The head of Kerobokan Prison has said that Schapelle Corby may not receive further remissions on her 20-year sentence, after the Australian drug smuggler refused to join a special Christmas mass for inmates.
Corby had been among 53 Christian inmates put forward for remissions to mark Christmas. Prison officials had recommended a six-week cut to her sentence. The remission is still awaiting approval from the Directorate General of Corrections.
However, after Corby skipped the Christmas service, during which the names of other prisoners given reductions to their terms were officially announced, prison chief Siswanto expressed anger.
“She’s a naughty child, and she doesn’t respect Kerobokan Prison,” he said.
Siswanto said that Corby’s refusal to join the service would count against her when it came to future remissions, and may also jeopardise her current pending cut.
“This will be a special point against her and I will report it to the Australian Consulate. She has failed to meet all the requirements for a remission,” he said, adding that he would also report the matter to the Directorate General of Corrections.
Corby was jailed for 20 years in 2005 for attempting to smuggle 4.2 kilograms of marijuana into Bali from Australia. Currently awaiting a decision on presidential clemency, she has so far received a total of 23 and a half months of cuts to her sentence, despite being denied Christmas remissions in 2007 and 2008 for bad behaviour.
Corby claimed she had refused to join the service after seeing the large numbers of reporters present.
Siswanto also expressed anger with another Australian drug smuggler, Renae Lawrence, a member of the so-called “Bali Nine” gang who were caught in 2005 trying to smuggle 8.2 kilograms of heroin through Bali to Australia.
She is also in line for remission and also failed to attend the Christmas service.Filed under: Headlines