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Old 05-27-05, 02:54 PM
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Australian chick - 20 years in an Indonesian prison

http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/asiapc...eal/index.html


Fury at Bali drugs verdict
Friday, May 27, 2005 Posted: 6:51 AM EDT (1051 GMT)


(CNN) -- Many Australians reacted with anger and shock after a Queensland woman they believe is innocent was found guilty of smuggling drugs into Bali and sentenced to 20 years' jail.

On Friday Indonesian judges found Schapelle Corby "legally and convincingly" guilty of smuggling marijuana into Bali in a case that has generated unprecedented interest among Australians and a diplomatic balancing act for the nation's leader.

The 27-year-old beauty therapist, who has been held in a Bali jail since her arrest on 8 October last year, was sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined 100 million rupiah ($10,700) on Friday.

She was arrested at Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar after 4.1 kilograms (9 pounds) of marijuana were found concealed in her boogie board bag.

The case has galvanized public opinion in Australia, with a recent survey showing 90 percent thought Corby was innocent, believing her defense argument that the drugs found in her possession were planted by baggage handlers in Australia.

Corby's defense team was buoyed by news Australian Federal Police and Qantas Airways were investigating the role of baggage handlers in a cocaine smuggling operation.

But on Friday chaotic scenes broke out as the guilty verdict was read, with Corby's family and supporters yelling out from the back of the court that "Schapelle is innocent."

Corby, who had largely maintained her composure during the two hour proceedings, pleaded with her family to calm down before turning to her mother, mouthing the words: "It's OK mum. I'm alright."

With tears streaming down her face Corby then slapped her head with her hands before being allowed to embrace her visibly distressed parents and sister.

Corby was led from the court room surrounded by a wall of security as they struggled to move her through a massive press contingent that had converged on the Denpasar court house to cover the verdict.

Outside the court Corby's sister Mercedes said the family would appeal the verdict.

"This is not fair. We will get Schapelle home."

Her financial backer Australian businessman Ron Bakir described the verdict as "a massive injustice," and said he would do whatever it took to get her home.

Many callers to radio talk shows in Australia were incensed, and some said they regretted making donations to Indonesian tsunami victims, The Associated Press reported. Others called for Australians to boycott Bali.

Even before the sentence, there were calls for Australians to boycott the popular holiday destination of Bali and to ban Indonesian products.

Prime Minister John Howard said he understood why Australians felt so deeply about the Corby case.

"The fact that we are a nation whose young travel so much, it is an issue that has touched this country very directly," he said.

Trying to keep a fragile relationship with Jakarta intact, Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said any criticism of Indonesia or its justice system would be counterproductive and reflect very badly on Australia.

The Australian government had already provided substantial financial support to Corby's cause, he said, and additional legal support had been offered for any appeal.

Dismissed key evidence
The panel of three judges dismissed key evidence prepared by her defense team, including that of Australia prisoner John Ford who backed Corby's claim that she was an unwitting "drug mule."

The judges found Corby's defense team could not prove if there was another person responsible for the drugs.

"The defendant has been proven legally and convincingly guilty" a translator quoted the judges as saying on Sky News.

"We've found that drugs were imported into Indonesia. Importation is illegal in Indonesia and it occurred at Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar. This occurred without a licence or any permit to do so. It may not be done by anyone."

"She has been unrepentant to this. It is found the defendant is responsible for the narcotics and this should be considered when handing down the judgment."

Security was stepped up around the Bali courthouse Friday morning with more than 100 officers guarding the building amid concerns of a terror threat.

Already the case has triggered a series of threats against Indonesian diplomatic missions in Australia and Indonesia.

A team of Australian officials will head to Indonesia within the next ten days to discuss a prisoner transfer agreement between the two countries that would see Corby serve her sentence in Australia.

Corby has always maintained her innocence.

During her trial Corby maintained that she was the victim of a drug trafficking operation involving baggage handlers at Australian airports.
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Dismissed key evidence
The panel of three judges dismissed key evidence prepared by her defense team, including that of Australia prisoner John Ford who backed Corby's claim that she was an unwitting "drug mule."


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whoa! she's a hottie
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Old 05-27-05, 02:59 PM
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BFD. This happens here all the time. Also certainly unfair and wrong.
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Many callers to radio talk shows in Australia were incensed, and some said they regretted making donations to Indonesian tsunami victims, The Associated Press reported. Others called for Australians to boycott Bali.

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Claire Danes should really feel terrible about getting her friend into this mess!
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Australia is filled with criminals, as everyone knows..
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Australia is filled with criminals, as everyone knows..
I'd recommend that the Aussies invade Indonesia, but that would one be one of the classic mistakes.
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If this was a brother, noone would say a thing, but since it's a young "attractive" woman, everybody's like "OMG! The poor thing!"
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Originally Posted by wendersfan
I'd recommend that the Aussies invade Indonesia, but that would one be one of the classic mistakes.
Not so much land--I think you could take it by sea.

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I will not go to Bali this year.
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Originally Posted by Ranger
If this was a brother, noone would say a thing, but since it's a young "attractive" woman, everybody's like "OMG! The poor thing!"
Probably not as much outrage if she was ugly either.... good looking people are always innocent !!
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Originally Posted by tasha99
I will not go to Bali this year.
I'm certainly not going to smuggle drugs to Bali this year.
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If this was a brother, noone would say a thing, but since it's a young "attractive" woman, everybody's like "OMG! The poor thing!"
of course....because he'd be guilty.
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Originally Posted by DodgingCars
Claire Danes should really feel terrible about getting her friend into this mess!
It made me think of that too.



Underrated film.

Of course, it's Thailand instead of Indonesia and the movie is fiction although the Thai laws are real. And injustice is injustice everywhere.

Another good, underrated film:


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Actually, Billy Hayes might have a few words.
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20 years is too harsh.
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Old 05-27-05, 07:06 PM
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It's only 2.2 years per pound. Actually, I think it's about in line with a US conviction.

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reminds of some american kid that got spray painting cars in Singapore I think in 94. he was to be caned (or whipped) which was the standard punishment, and everyone (mostly americans) started protesting againts it..

if you want to commit a crime, make sure you know what its punishment is. jsut in case you get caught ....
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And just how the hell do you plant 9 friggin' pounds of weed on somebody without them knowing, especially in a boogey board bag. I assume she walked through with it and she was searched? Having it in storage on the plane where it could be more difficult to find out if she indeed was the owner of the luscious plants, would result in a tougher case I would think. But who knows.

HINT: Next time just buy the genetically awesome seeds and return back to the states and grow it.
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I don't remember much about my stay in Bali except that the magic mushrooms give a hell of a buzz.
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And they're great in soups.
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If you want more info other than "she's white, that's the only reason it's in the news" then here you go

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schapelle_Corby
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Well, I was about to say someone could have planted it and later having a plan to get it back, but an extra 9lbs of pot in my boogie board bag...is just...odd not to notice?

Here's my conception of a boogie board bag and how large they are:



Can you imagine putting 9lbs of weed in that thing and not notice? How about the smell?
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Not sure how much of it is true since I don't know all the details of the case, but anyone going to another country should be prosecuted according to their laws. Another country should have no say so on what laws are considered "just" or "too stiff of a penalty".

Afterall, we don't let other countries dictate whether our laws are bad or not.
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Originally Posted by movielib
It made me think of that too.



Underrated film.

Of course, it's Thailand instead of Indonesia and the movie is fiction although the Thai laws are real. And injustice is injustice everywhere.

Another good, underrated film:


I think it was malaysia and not thailand. Malaysia is muslim and they don't play around just like in texas. thailand anything goes and pervs go there to have sex with kids.
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