Schapelle Corby Update

Various extras in the news last night and this morning regarding the Corby case.

Indonesian Justice?

For more than an hour, Corby’s lawyers Lily Lubis and Erwin Siregar read a 75-page document called “Does Justice Still Exist for a Defendant in This Beloved Country”.

They attacked the prosecution for neglecting important clues. “Worst of all,” lawyer Lily Sri Rahayu Lubis said, “they failed to seek truth and justice” and “manipulated facts” to make Corby look guilty.

They focused on breaches of law committed when customs officers detained Corby at Denpasar airport on October 8 after finding the large bag of marijuana in her bodyboard bag.

“The customs officer did not follow the standard procedure on searching,” they said.

The officers had failed to weigh the bags individually and collectively, making it impossible to compare the weights of the luggage at check-in in Australia, and to check Corby’s claim that someone had put the marijuana into her bag.

They criticised the customs officers for failing to fingerprint her bag and the two plastic bags inside it that contained the marijuana to see if Corby had handled it. They had refused requests by Corby’s sister, Mercedes, and defence lawyers to fingerprint the plastic bag which contained the marijuana to see if it held Corby’s prints. Customs officers had allowed the bag to be contaminated by their own fingerprints.

Of the four customs officers who detained Corby at the airport, three spoke no English and the one who spoke a little English acted as translator. Corby’s lawyers said all these officers relied on this one translator and so all had the same, wrong version of events.

Lawyer Erwin Siregar said the prosecution had accepted evidence by a customs officer who spoke “poor English” even though Corby, her 16-year-old brother, James, and friends disputed his version. The officer said Corby had refused to open the boogie board bag. Corby and her brother said she opened it without being asked.

Customs officers said Corby had been present when they took the contents – the boogie board, flippers and the marijuana – out of the boogie board bag and that Corby had identified herself as the owner of all the items.

But James testified that he had been ordered to take the boogie board to the customs interview room where he was ordered to remove the contents. Corby was not in the room at the time. When she came to the room, the items were laid out on a table. She had never admitted the marijuana was hers.

How “stupid would she be”, Mr Siregar asked, to pay $50,000 in Australia for marijuana that would sell in Bali for $10,000? How would Corby get the money to buy the marijuana in Australia?

The prosecution had rejected evidence by Corby, her mother, sister, brother and a friend that they had seen Corby put the flippers in the boogie board bag in Brisbane and there had not been marijuana in the bag.

It had rejected evidence by an Australian policeman that criminals in Australia transported drugs by placing them in luggage and removing them at the destination airport.

The prosecution had also rejected evidence by a witness who had overheard others describing how the marijuana was put into Corby’s boogie board bag.

“Please ignore the information provided by the five witnesses [all customs officers],” they said.

Under Indonesian law, the onus is on an accused person who claims innocence to say who is guilty of an offence.

Corby’s lawyers said it was “impossible” for them to do this in this case but they pressed their argument the drugs were placed in Corby’s bag at Brisbane Airport after she checked in.

“It’s a public secret that the domestic airports in Australia are used by drug syndicates to transfer or move drugs from one place to another by using the unlocked luggage of innocent passengers.”

Her lawyers described prosecutors as “street magicians” for claiming the marijuana was of high quality even though they had always refused their request to have it tested to find out its potency and where it was grown.

“Now the same prosecutors who rejected our demand to conduct tests on the marijuana have stated that marijuana is of very high quality,” they said.

Corby’s dad says no drugs in boogie board bag

“I fixed the board, there was a little strip missing off the boogie board thing, there was just a little plastic strip, so we stuck that on, stuck it in the bag,” Michael Corby told ABC’s 7.30 Report.

“I put it in the car, she put her bag in the car, kissed goodbye, [said] ‘Have a good time.’

“Her mother took her to the airport at 4.30 in the morning, got all the photos there, the smiling face, going goodbye.

“Brisbane to Sydney. Sydney to Bali. She opens her bag for them there, they didn’t ask her to, and all that marijuana stuff is in the bag.”
. . .
“She had nothing to do with bloody drugs,” he said.

“Oh, she might have had a puff when she was in bloody grade 10 or something, around the back of the schoolyard like kids do, I don’t know.

“She had nothing to do with it since, or any time as far as I know.

“She’s against it, anti-drugs.

“Anyway, I’d seen the bloody bag there, there was nothing in it.”. . .

Mr Corby, who has prostate cancer, said he felt helpless as his daughter fought to clear her name.

Indonesian Judge read book “Life Imprisonment” while Schapelle gave her appeal.

As she bit her lip and set her jaw to keep fraying emotions in check, it was lucky Schapelle Corby could not read Indonesian. Had she understood the language used to prosecute her, she might have noticed the title of the book one of her judges was reading, Life Imprisonment.

Outside the court, Judge I Gusti Lanang Dauh explained he was reading the book before deciding Corby’s sentence.

“Because there is a demand from the prosecutors for a life sentence, I am reading this book as a reference to add to my knowledge.”

It was still too early to reveal if he would give prosecutors what they had requested.

“That’s a secret,” he said.

SOURCES

Corby’s final plea to judges, The Age

I don’t know how long I can survive, SMH

Father bewildered over Corby’s plight, ABC

Defence accuses prosecutors of failure to seek justice

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