News.com.au: Pardon may be Corby's best bet
CONVICTED drug smuggler Schapelle Corby's best hope of having her 20-year jail sentence reduced was an appeal for a pardon to Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said today.
Corby's family has told News Ltd newspapers that they fear the 27-year-old will take her own life if forced to serve the entire sentence.
Both the defence and the prosecution intend to appeal against her 20-year jail sentence.
"If the appeal fails, the easiest way of getting the sentence reduced is through an appeal for a pardon to the president of Indonesia."
Originally posted by Opus
As for the Indonesian tourist industry being damane by this , heck I really hope so . Australians have every right to be pissed. But perhaps this incident will envoke change in the countrys court system.
Originally posted by goose
Well I completely agree with jonSUN except for killing anyone, that I would not want to be a part of but I definitely would do everything to get her home safely, it sounds as though the judge sentenced her to 20 years even though evidence was presented proving she had nothing to do with it, it sounds as though this case got a lot of publicity and to declare her totally innocent would have made their country look foolish so instead he chose to punish an innocent person to save face. But what this case has done is make sure that no one will travel there unless it is for business and a have to case. Perhaps the only way to help her right now is for anyone and everyone to write a letter letting them know that they will not travel there until she is free, for other country leaders to step forward and issue a statement in protest and to declare that country off limit to its tourists until the laws are changed and she is free, hit them in the wallet and changes will be made.
Originally posted by LordGoofus
It's funny. I heard from somewhere that for alot of Indonesians, they are giving so much attention to this case not because they supporting Shapelle, but because they are hoping for a prisoner exchange program to get back some of their relatives held in Australia..
ELEANOR HALL: Customs and naval authorities off Australia's north coast have been kept busy this week, dealing with a big surge in the number of Indonesian fishing boats poaching in Australian waters.
The presence of illegal boats in Australia is nothing new, nor is their target – shark-fin. But there are signs the poaching is having a serious impact on Australia's shark stocks.
Now, as Anne Barker reports from Darwin, marine researchers are preparing to undertake an unusual underwater study to examine just how many sharks remain in Australian waters.
ANNE BARKER: Indonesian fishermen have been plying Australian waters for centuries. Originally they came in search of trepang or sea cucumber. Some still come for the shiny trochus shells found off the West Australian coast. But these days it's shark that lures them in ever increasing numbers, for the prized shark-fin – a delicacy in Chinese cuisine.
Fisheries Officer Roy McKay says calm conditions have brought a surge in the number of boats in recent weeks
ROY MCKAY: We've had 36 vessels brought into Darwin since January 1, and that would be maybe, you know, a 20 to 30 per cent increase, I think, at this time of year. These people are opportunistic. If there's calm weather, they'll go fishing.
ANNE BARKER: In the past week and a half 24 boats and their crews have been apprehended and brought into Darwin, after being caught poaching in Australia's northern waters. Most boats are eventually burnt and the crews either charged or flown home.
Since the 1970's Australia has allowed traditional Indonesian fishermen, in un-motorised boats, to fish in a small boxed area which includes the Ashmore and Cartier reefs.
But as the demand for shark-fin soars in Asian markets, to above $100 a kilo, these shark stocks have been increasingly under threat, forcing many boats to poach in Australian waters.
Mark Meekan from the Australian Institute of Marine Science has seen a noticeable drop in shark numbers.
The Indonesian ambassador, Imron Cotan, says he would like to see Indonesian fishermen detained on land rather than on their boats.
His call follows the death of a fisherman on a vessel in Darwin Harbour last month.
While the man died of natural causes, the ambassador has said he is seeking reassurance the Government will move quickly on its policy to detain people on land.
But federal Fisheries Minister Senator Ian Macdonald says it is still not likely Darwin's Berrimah detention centre will be used before the end of the year.
"That has required a certain amount of upgrading of that centre to bring it up to Immigration Department standards," he said.
"That work is being progressed and I'm hopeful that the new land based arrangements will be in place by the end of this year."
Originally posted by Kitsunegari
THIS IS JUST EFFING RIDICULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH HUMANITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!IT'S WEED, CHILL OUT PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!