Court Upholds Corby Clemency

Court Upholds Corby Clemency

A court in Jakarta has thrown out an anti-drug group's legal challenge against a presidential decision to slash the jail term of Australian drug-trafficker Schapelle Corby.

Schapelle Corby.


A court in Jakarta has thrown out an anti-drug group’s legal challenge against a presidential decision to slash the jail term of Australian drug-trafficker Schapelle Corby.

The state administrative court rejected the challenge from the National Movement Against Narcotics (GRANAT) against the Indonesian president’s five-year reduction of Corby’s 20-year jail term.

“The state administrative court has no right to proceed with the legal challenge by GRANAT. Clemency is a presidential prerogative protected by the Indonesian constitution,” Judge Yodi Martono Wahyunadi said on Wednesday.

Last month, the court examined documents submitted by the group arguing that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s act of clemency in May was unjustified and drug traffickers posed a “dangerous threat” to the younger generation.

The group’s lawyer, Henry Yosodiningrat, said they would appeal the decision.

“Indonesia is in grief today following the court’s decision. It reflects the fact that there’s no serious commitment to eradicate narcotics from the country,” he told reporters outside the courtroom.

Corby, who turns 35 next week, was convicted in 2005 of smuggling 4.2 kilograms of marijuana into Bali.

With other regular remissions, the presidential pardon brought Corby’s release date forward to September 20, 2017.

Indonesia enforces stiff penalties for drug trafficking, including life imprisonment and death.



  1. Helen says:

    I applaud the decision. This woman has spent a long time in jail already. Being in an over crowded jail which has many problems would seem to me to be an extra punishment. She did a very stupid thing, but I also feel she should be shown compassion.

  2. Jeff says:

    The decision should be applauded. If GRANAT is serious about protecting Indonesia’s youth from drugs it should focus its (admirable) effort on ‘demand’, not ‘supply’. Drug traffickers are parasites, however the authorities will only ever catch a minute proportion of them, and certainly won’t catch any of the ‘drug lords’. History has shown that while ever there is demand, there will be supply regardless of the penalties.

  3. Sandra says:

    Totally agree Helen, yes she did a stupid thing and she has suffered enough. If the Indonesian’s were so committed about drug dealers etc, maybe the same sort of punishment should be given to there own people – not just 2 to 3 years for the same offence as Schapelle. I am a true believer that if there is one rule for the crime, regardless of who the person is or their nationality, that same rule applies for all.

  4. Alan says:

    No compassion…she knew what she was doing..just ask her sister.

  5. Alan says:

    Leave the bitch in gaol where she belongs!!

  6. Bali-Raw says:

    Don’t agree Alan if she did make a mistake marijuana is not exactly a life threatening drug.

    Interesting though that this announcement came right after Julia G and Bambang had a meeting.

    Was this part of their deal?

  7. flaco comir says:


  8. gary ablett says:


    I am so shocked by many things.. but Alan what is the point of trying to communicate with people thru the internet if you can only use vulgar language.. seriously.. ” leave the bitch in gaol where she belongs .. ” …

    anyways lets get to the point.. I challenge anyone with any doubts or any questions to watch a documentary about Schapelle.. this movie was made by some serious individuals who know the difference between right and wrong… it is called ” expendable ”…

    I consider myself intelligent

    Schapelle corby is Innocent

    watch it

  9. Megan says:

    I can always tell which people on here have the lowest IQ. Alan, you are are perfect representaion of one.

  10. Megan says:

    * representation (yes Al, don’t lock me away, i can spell honey)

  11. James E Gambrell says:

    The only reason to ban marijuana is protect the sale of alcohol and to protect the tax base. I rarely drink anymore since I added the herb to my pipe tobacco.

  12. Alan says:

    Megan, your comment is only exceeded by your arrogance.If you are so intelligent….go to Bali and represent Corby and get her free ??? and while here, Gary Ablett….hope you are not the famous “one” if you are..your comment does not count.

  13. steve says:

    interesting not many supporters for corby now and the ones that are now realize she is guilty.i allways said she was guilty in this forum while they were blinded by emotions and bullcrap,i say she deserves to go free today if she admits her guilt,if any off you blinded supporters left still cant see the truth go read SINS OF THE FATHER its a really factual book with real people involved its not fairytales and make beleive oh please make it all go away . mick corby will go down in history as being the week gutted father that wouldnt fess up on his death bed to get her out,bad daddy, they went too far with the lies story and had to keep going with it.anyone that still beleives there wasnt a market for really good dirty skunk weed in the scene probly had too many bintangs in s garden,SINS OF THE FATHER, READ IT.

  14. steve says:

    opening sentences in gary abletts movie said the difference between the cost of pot in oz and indo is great, ie pot in bali is shit leaf corn on the cob female plants gone to seed, mass produced not a care about quallity so fits in with the local mentality, xactly why the corbys had been bringing it in for some time and got greedy got caught,it was comming in for a ready made market surfing community and expat community just ask her sister like alan said mercedes and surfer boy never worked in his life. she should walk free say two words were guilty and the sister should be chucked out off here too, with money received in the millions not bad money sitting in a cell when youre guilty.

  15. Alan says:

    Thanks Steve, I was never going to justify my comments and never need to!!! Gary Ablett …sadly chose to critisise me…wrong!!!!if he wishes to challenge!! let him do so.. Steve, thanks for your supportive comment on what we all know about Mercedes..all on the streets of Bali, know of her!! If she has any values, she would stand up and take the blame for Shapelle.,
    Steve, you only spoke up to what is commonly known.Love ya guts!!

  16. daire han says:

    agree with all in ways but weed is soft, kuta is full of it anytime anywhere i think bali has to confront its corruption and laws first to be honest corby has been set out as an example but if she was given 20 years for some weed the bali 9 should all be dead for 8 kgs of heroin I smoke weed after work dont drink earn 80k a year in a high pressure job and people on heroin in my capital are in tatters no job nothing only [where’s my next fix] so their laws have to be looked at it’s a joke and also the bomber getting shag all compare all the crimes and swap the bomber for corbys crime he would be out now a while and she would be dead

  17. steve says:

    daire han- i agree with everything you say,back her country she might of got a year max but probly home detention. here if you wont admit your guilt can be worse than the crime,and try make the locals look stupid ….bad move bad advice

  18. Jenny says:

    Steve you are a vile man full of hate of a family you obviously don’t even know… Corby’s father was a good man who worked his whole life, that book of fiction you mention does say nothing of that.. And by the way there are 4 defamation cases against the lies in that book so the author Duff and the publishers will be exposed and his lies will not hold up in court. Thinking your real name might be Duff anyway, always eager to fill your pockets by spinning bullshit about the Corby family. I have taken screen shots of your comments and will forward to Mercedes, they will only help her defamation case against the book!!

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