Former Justice Minister Challenges Corby Clemency Cut
Former justice minister Yusril Mahendra filed a legal challenge in Jakarta on Thursday against clemency granted to Australian drug-runner Schapelle Corby.
Mahendra, now a prominent Jakarta lawyer, is representing an Indonesian anti-drugs group that says it is dismayed that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono shaved five years off Corby’s 20-year prison term last month.
The anti-drugs campaigners say the president’s decision – also criticised by several lawmakers in Jakarta – goes against the country’s drugs battle.
Corby, 34, was jailed for 20 years in 2005 for bringing 4.2 kilograms of marijuana into Bali.
She had sought her jail term at Bali’s Kerobokan Prison be quashed and allow her to return to Australia on humanitarian grounds due to her claim that she is suffering from a mental illness.