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 record and according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation today, Siswanto has provided a 17-page report to his own superiors.
It is understood that while it includes records showing she has been prescribed anti-depressants and anti-psychotic drugs, the report also accuses her of feigning mental illness each time there is a change of leadership at the prison.
Siswanto is reported to have listed 19 incidents of “disobedience” and “deviant” behaviour which he says has undermined the prison’s rehabilitation programme.
They include arriving unannounced at his office without permission after a visit from her sister, Mercedes, and throwing a prison officer’s name plate on the floor.
The report adds: “In the social scene in the women’s block in the prison, she showed individualism that is disliked by the other inmates, while another Australian, Renae Lawrence, who also has a narcotics case and received 20-year [sentence] in jail, is sociable and now heads the block.”
Further incidents are logged, including these two:
December 23, 2009 – after a friend’s visit [Corby] went hysterical and ran to Mapenaling block – she said she was going to the library, without permission.
December 30, 2009 – after a visit from someone, she returned to the women’s block, screaming, refusing to get into her cell.
Siswanto told the Agence France-Press news agency on Thursday: “She’s not mentally ill based on my observations of her on a day-to-day basis. She appears fine. She can look after herself, eat and even put on make-up.
“As an ordinary person, I see that she has no symptoms of insanity. If she’s said to be depressed and stressed, that’s reasonable as all prisoners face the same conditions,” he said.
Corby’s lawyer says she is mentally ill and must be released. The Australian government has backed special pleading by Corby, saying it believes she be repatriated to Australia.
The claims that Corby is mentally ill were a key reason the Supreme Court judge advised the president to make a substantial cut to Corby’s 20-year sentence.
Negotiations for a prisoner exchange treaty between Australia and Indonesia have now dragged on for years without substantive progress.
Siswanto’s advice in relation to Corby, who was jailed in 2005 on conviction for having smuggled 4.2 kilograms of marijuana into Bali when she arrived for a holiday from Brisbane in 2004, contrasts with that provided over the three Bali Nine convicts facing death sentences.
Both the prison chief and former long-serving Supreme Court judge Yayha Harahap, in evidence to an appeal bench last week, pleaded for the lives of Andrew Chan, 26, and Myuran Sukumaran, 29, arguing that they have rehabilitated themselves and should not be executed.