Corby Sentenced to 20 years
An Indonesian court has found Australian woman Schapelle Corby guilty of drug trafficking and has handed down a 20-year sentence.
Judges in Bali found the former beauty student guilty of carrying 4.1 kilograms of marijuana into Denpasar last October.
Justice Sirait said Corby had admitted the bag containing the drugs was hers, and also admitted the marijuana bag was hers.
Prosecutors had sought life imprisonment, and have announced they will appeal against the sentence, seeing it as too lenient.
Her sentence also includes a fine of 100 million rupiah (A$10,500)
Outside court, her financial backer Ron Bakir said her defence team would appeal against the conviction.
Australian Attorney-General Philip Ruddock said the federal government would do all it can to help Corby.
He said a prisoner transfer agreement is being worked out, but could take some time to complete.
Foreign Minister Alexander Downer later said the Australian government has offered to help Corby's defence team launch a legal challenge, and has
renewed an offer of two QCs to work on the case.
SOURCE: World News
Im still neither here nor there with whether she is innocent or not. Both sides of the case seem to have some merit, although i feel exporting mj
out of australia wouldn't be the best business idea for a drug trafficker. IMHO, but there are plenty of tourist there so who knows. There was an
excellent interview on aussie t.v. with Corby's defense attorney prior to the verdict and sentencing, where he accuses the government of a cover-up.
Here are some excerpts:
GEORGE NEGUS: Vasu Rasiah thanks very much for your time because I realise how busy you must be. At this point of time you have accused the Federal
Police of a cover-up, you've warned their lack of cooperation could condemn your client Schapelle Corby to a life in prison. Well having heard what
you heard yesterday from the federal police commissioner and Philip Ruddock the attorney general, do you accept their explanation for why they
haven't been cooperating with you?
VASU RASIAH, CORBY DEFENCE TEAM: I can understand as a fellow Australian, I can understand. If they have delayed the letter because their agents
were working undercover and if they have commented on the matter of internal inquiry, the lives of the agents are jeopardised, I can understand.
GEORGE NEGUS: Whether or not that's correct, commissioner Mick Keelty is adamant he's never publicly commented on Schapelle Corey's innocence or
guilt. What he claims is there's no link between the baggage investigators investigation and your client's case that the evidence and the
intelligence is just not there?
VASU RASIAH: Many things Mr Keelty has done, he doesn't add up to it. Because for example, John Ford, we were told John Ford who is our witness
who came from Melbourne prison, when he gave a statement to the Australian lawyers, a jury came out and discredited him and said it was here say and
all that stuff before he even interviewed the man. Before he discredited him on the TV, he goes and interviews him for four hours.
the rest of the interview is here: news.sbs.com.au...
under May 18th, 2005 Vasu Rasiah Interview
It seems that Corby's defense isn't blaming the Indonesian judical system, but the Australian Federal Police and the government in what they believe
is the obstruction of this case. Without thier help, the defense was based on a prisoner from melborne who knew somebody that knew something
(remembering off the top of my head) and the latest bali nine drug bust that really has no similarities whatsoever to Corby's case.