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 […]

Corby Is Faking It, Jail Chief Tells the President

KEROBOKAN Kerobokan Jail governor Siswanto has given a harsh report on Schapelle Corby to national prison chiefs, saying she is feigning mental illness. His report follows advice from a Supreme Court judge to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to grant a substantial cut in Corby’s 20-year sentence for drug smuggling. Presidential officials have asked about her […]

Man Jailed Over Murder of Japanese Woman

DENPASAR The Denpasar District Court sentenced a man to 10 years in prison on Thursday as an accessory to the murder of a Japanese woman who had been living in Bali. Abdurrahman, 21, helped Mawardi, 31, tie up Hiromi Shimada, before the latter repeatedly stabbed the 41-year-old last year, judge Putu Suwika said. Shimada’s body […]

Village Funds Defaulter Jailed for a Year

SINGARAJA A court this week sentenced an official responsible for handing out village social assistance payments to a year in jail and ordered he repay a total of Rp129.739 million (US$14,500). Ketut Suparma, of Tirtasari, was also ordered to repay Rp50 million ($5,600) and fined Rp79.74 million ($8,900) after a three-judge panel found him guilty […]