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.