Remission Proposal for Corby Criticized

SEMINYAK

Former minister of justice and law Yusril Ihza Mahendra says the proposal to grant remissions to drug convict Schapelle Leigh Corby is outrageous because the Australian citizen received clemency from the president on May 15 this year.

“It ridiculous to grant clemency and remissions,” said Yusril.

Convicted Australian drug smuggler Schapelle Corby appears to have been passed over for a remission this Christmas despite being nominated for a two-month sentence cut, but prison officials are optimistic she will be approved.

Gusti Ngurah Wiratna, the chief warden of Bali’s Kerobokan Penitentiary, said that his office had received no response from the Justice and Human Rights Ministry’s Directorate General of Corrections about Corby’s case.

“We filed our request a long time ago, but there’s been no response,” he said.

The official announcement of prisoners who were granted a remission this Christmas.

Wiratna said he hoped an approval of the request would come soon, adding that a similar request for Corby filed ahead of Independence Day this year was also late.

“That was for Indepen-dence Day in August, but we only got confirmation of the approval in early December,” he said.

“So we’re certain that in the next few days we’ll get confirmation that she’s been approved for the Christmas remission.”

Corby, who was sentenced in 2005 to 20 years in prison for attempting to smuggle 4.2 kilograms of marijuana into Bali, has already received a combined 31 months’ worth of sentence cuts. Earlier this year, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono granted her another five-year reduction in response to her bid for clemency.

Another Australian drug smuggler, Renae Lawrence, is also expected to be granted a two-month remission. She was also sentenced to 20 years in prison, in her case for her role as part of the “Bali Nine” gang that attempted to smuggle 8.3 kilograms of heroin into Bali.

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2 Responses to “Remission Proposal for Corby Criticized”

  1. Kay Danes Says:

    Thankfully the Indonesian system has in place a remission system. Many Australians detained overseas do not receive this type of consideration. For many, getting any form of pardon or remission is akin to winning the lottery.

  2. John Harper Says:

    Racism is ugly where ever it raises its head. When it comes through a racist sentence, and then demands for more racism, in the form demands for more suffering of the victim, it is obscene.

    What Indonesian racism has done to this woman is disgusting.

    Why are you not reporting the table of sentences relating to marijuana Bali Times, which demonstrates this racism, via Supreme Court records?

    Why are you not exposing extremists like Yusril Ihza Mahendra for what they are, instead of glorifying their foul words?