Schapelle Set for Further Sentence Cut
Australian drug-smuggler Schapelle Corby looks set to receive another reduction on her prison term as part of Independence Day celebrations on August 17.
Corby, who was jailed for 20 years after trying to smuggle 4.2 kilos of marijuana into Bali in 2004, recently received presidential clemency, which saw her already reduced sentence cut by five years.
Prison officials this week revealed that she will likely get a further six-month cut on August 17.
Prison chief I Gusti Ngurah Wiratna insisted that Corby did not receive special treatment, and said that her reduction would be for good behaviour, and would be in line with traditional Independence Day cuts for inmates.
Wiratna said that almost half of the prison’s 912 inmates were in line for remission, adding that the official letter requesting Corby’s new cut had already been forwarded to the national Justice and Human Rights Ministry. He said that the final decisions on all the remission applications would be announced on August 17.
“We will announce it during the celebration of our Independence Day,” he said.
Corby is due for release in 2017, having accrued sentence reductions totalling more than seven years.
The recent presidential clemency has been criticised by some politicians and anti-drugs campaigners, who have accused president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of attempting to curry favour with Australia.
The National Anti-Drug Movement filed an official challenge to the clemency, which was subsequently rejected by court authorities.