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Australians have reacted with a mixture of disbelief and condemnation to the conviction and 20 year jail sentence handed to Schapelle Corby for drug smuggling.
Protesters have also gathered outside the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra to express support for Corby.
In the hours after the verdict was handed down, the overwhelming majority of talkback callers on radio were furious, suggesting there had been a serious miscarriage of justice.
"The decision is absolutely unfair. She was not given a fair trial," one caller to ABC Radio said.
"I don't believe there was enough evidence to convict, and I think a 20-year prison term for somebody who could very easily be innocent is just so far over the top that would offend most Australians," another caller said.
The overwhelming feeling is Corby is the unwitting patsy for a flawed drug trafficking operation orchestrated by baggage handlers. It came unstuck when someone failed to retrieve her bag after the drugs were added.
That particular defence strategy appeared to be strengthened by this week's busting of a coc aine ring at Sydney Airport.
Or perhaps, Corby is at the core of something altogether more sinister.
One chat room participant expounded a popular conspiracy: "Someone planted the drugs on her for political reasons to see her hang -- Islamic terrorists bent on destroying Aussies for Iraq or whatever
There is an unshakeable belief that no Australian could be as stupid as to loosely pack a brick of dope into an easily opened bag and try to sneak it into a country which openly warns visitors that possession of any substantial amount of drugs will mean death.
The reaction in Australia will be violent. The death threats sent to Indonesian embassies around the country are serious.
[edit on 27/5/05 by subz]
Originally posted by groingrinder
If marijuana were decriminilized for personal use worldwide, it would totally bring down many organized criminal enterprises. It would instantly put them out of business.