Australia Piles Pressure on SBY over Bali Prisoners

NUSA DUA Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd lobbied President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Bali on Thursday over convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby and fellow Australians on death row on the island. The former Australian premier pitched for a pardon for Corby, sentenced to a 20-year prison term in 2005 for smuggling 4.2 kilograms of marijuana […]

Editorial: A Bilateral Irritant

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard met her commitment to the Schapelle lobby on her visit to Indonesia last week, her first as leader of her country, by making the same representations on Corby’s behalf that have consistently been made by Australian representatives since Kerobokan’s most high-profile inmate decided to seek clemency from President Susilo Bambang […]

President Doesn’t Rule Out Corby Freedom

JAKARTA Following a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Jakarta on Tuesday during which she pressed for clemency for drug smuggler Schapelle Corby, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono appeared to suggest that he was open to granting a pardon. But Yudhoyono said it might be more likely that Corby, 33, could serve out the […]

SBY Cancels Netherlands Visit over Arrest Fears

JAKARTA President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono postponed on Tuesday a visit planned this week to the Netherlands, citing a human rights trial in the host country that might threaten him with arrest. Yudhoyono, known by his initials SBY, cancelled the visit more than an hour after he was supposed to leave on the three-day diplomatic trip […]