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  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    It's a Friday in May, 2005, and Schapelle Corby stands in the center of packed courtroom on the tropical island of Bali, waiting to learn her fate. Will the beauty school student from Australia's Gold Coast be found guilty of smuggling a large bag of marijuana into Indonesia -- where the maximum penalty for drug trafficking is death by firing squad?

    A furrow forms between the 27-year-old's eyebrows as the judge reads out the verdict in Bahasa Indonesia.

    Corby appears confused. Her piercing blue eyes dart around the room -- at her family, at the cameras broadcasting live to televisions around Australia, at the ground, at her interpreter. Then reality sets in. Guilty -- the judge said. Her sentence? Twenty years in a Bali prison. At the back of the court, members of her family erupt with anger.

    "It's not alright! How dare you?" screams her sister, Mercedes.

    "We swore on the Bible to tell the truth and your fellow lied!" her mother, Rosleigh Rose, booms at the prosecutors.

    As her daughter is led away, Rose makes a promise: "Schapelle, you will come home. Our government will bring you home."

    Not since Lindy Chamberlain claimed a dingo took her baby in the Outback have Australians become so caught up in a courtroom drama. Nearly nine years on from the verdict, interest remains strong enough to sustain a soon-to-be-broadcast Australian telemovie based on the case.

    And now Corby will walk out of prison -- on parole but free. Yet Australia remains divided as to whether she is guilty of the crime. To this day, Corby insists she was an unwitting victim of a botched drug smuggling operation.

    The bust

    On 8 October 2004, Corby took a flight with her brother and two friends from Brisbane airport via Sydney to Bali to celebrate Mercedes' 30th birthday. When they landed in Indonesia, customs officials checked their luggage and discovered a plastic bag containing 4.1 kilograms of marijuana -- the largest seizure ever made at Bali's Denpasar airport -- in Corby's boogie board bag.

    She said she had no idea how the drugs ended up in her luggage. She hadn't locked the bag carrying her board so the marijuana must have been planted there, she argued.

    Indonesian authorities had a different version of events. Customs officers who were at the airport claimed Corby refused to open the bag when asked -- a claim she denies. They also said she admitted the marijuana was hers. Corby says they had difficulty understanding each other, and that she told them the bag, not the drugs, belonged to her. There was no CCTV footage of the inspection.

    Corby was arrested and charged with breaching Indonesia's tough anti-drug trafficking laws. She was put in jail without bail pending trial. Her story resonated with many Australians -- those who had been to Bali, a popular tourist destination; those who imagined how easily an unlocked bag could allow drug traffickers to turn a dream holiday into a nightmare; those who held prejudices about customs officials in developing countries; and others who thought, regardless of whether Corby was guilty or not, the penalty she faced was unreasonably harsh.

    When Corby was sentenced, Australia's then-prime minister John Howard said he understood why Australians felt so strongly about her 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.

    Actor Russell Crowe was an example of a high profile voice on the case.

    "When there is such doubt, how can we as a country stand by and let a young lady, as an Australian, rot away in a foreign prison? That is ridiculous," he said in an interview with Sydney radio station 2UE.

    A fair go?

    Much of the outrage surrounding Corby's case centered on whether she had been treated fairly. Under Indonesian law, Corby had to prove that someone else had placed the drugs in her bag.

    Indonesian customs officials at the airport did not weigh her luggage. In Australia, Corby's baggage was weighed together with those of her travel companions, not as separate pieces. Corby's defense team asked for fingerprint testing to be carried out on the plastic bag containing the drugs. Their requests were repeatedly denied. Her lawyers claimed that the drugs were planted in Brisbane, by airline baggage handlers involved in interstate drug trafficking, who planned to remove the package in Sydney, but mistakenly sent it to Bali instead. The judges in Corby's trial found her defense team could not prove there was another person responsible for the drugs.

    As Chief Judge Linton Sirait read out the court's verdict, he said Corby had "convincingly carried out a crime" by importing the drugs illegally.

    "The actions of the accused were a danger to the community," he said. "This was a transnational crime that could damage the minds of young people."

    Is she guilty?

    As far as many were concerned, Corby was your average young, attractive Aussie. An opinion poll among Australians after she was charged found that more than 90% believed she was innocent. Corby, whose father was a coal miner and mother a fish and chip shop owner, had no previous criminal convictions and no evidence of involvement with drugs in the past. In an interview with Australian public broadcaster ABC, Corby's father, Mick, said she didn't use drugs, except for possibly experimenting in high school.

    "Oh, she might have bloody had a puff when she was in bloody Grade 10 or something, round the back of the schoolyard like kids do, I don't know," he said.

    Corby's lawyers relied on a witness -- a prisoner awaiting trial in Melbourne -- who said he overheard other inmates talking about a drug smuggling syndicate that had "lost" a package of marijuana after planting it in luggage at Brisbane airport in October 2004.

    Australian media told the stories of other tourists who said they'd found marijuana in their luggage on arrival in Bali years earlier. One man told Channel Nine, he found a bag of pot about the size of a loaf of bread in his luggage. The man said when he phoned the Australian consulate in Indonesia, they told him "you get caught with that, mate, and you'll be eating nasi goreng for the rest of your life in jail." A spokeswoman for the department confirmed that call to a Sydney paper.

    Then, just weeks before Corby's trial ended, Australian Federal Police and Qantas, the airline Corby used to fly to Bali, announcedthey had been investigating the role of some baggage handlers in a long running cocaine smuggling operation through Sydney airport. One alleged incident took place on the same day Corby traveled. Corby's defense said they were hopeful of using the evidence in an appeal. However, Qantas said thorough reviews with police found no evidence of links between Corby's case and the alleged cocaine trafficking.

    Over the years, questions have been raised about Corby's father. A family member accused him of involvement in drug dealing. A book went even further. But Corby's father, who died of cancer in 2008, steadfastly denied any involvement with drugs. For a case under the microscope, no detail -- even involving a family member, is too small. Questions over the integrity of some of Corby's legal team also threatened to damage her case.

    When allegations emerged that one of Corby's legal advisers requested A$500,000 from the Australian Government in an attempt to bribe Indonesian judges, her flamboyant lawyer, Hotman Paris Hutapea, appeared on an ABC current affairs program "The 7.30 Report" to defend himself -- raising other questions in the process.

    "So I'm not Mr Clean, but for this case temporarily I am clean," he said.

    "There is no lawyer in the world is clean (sic) ... If you keep saying Australian lawyer, American lawyer they are all clean, that's totally bulls--t."

    What happens now?

    On Friday, Indonesian authorities confirmed Corby had been granted parole. But she won't be returning to Australia anytime soon. Corby, now 36, must remain in Indonesia on parole until 2017, according to local media reports. It's believed she will live with her Mercedes, who has a home in Kuta -- a popular tourist area in Bali. According to CNN's Australian affiliate Seven Network, Corby plans to work in a surf shop owned by Mercedes' husband, where she will design bikinis.

    It seems the Corby saga isn't over just yet.


    By Sophie Brown, CNN

    Source: http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/07/world/asia/schapelle-corby-indonesia-bali/index.html?iref=allsearch

    NewsHawks Crew

    Author Bio

    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. Hey :-)
    Schapelle Corby could be sent back to jail, says Indonesian justice minister

    ‘There’s a possibility I will revoke Corby’s parole,’ says Indonesian justice minister after sister Mercedes appears on TV

    Indonesian authorities are considering revoking Schapelle Corby’s parole after Channel 7’s television program on her release, which featured Corby’s first moments out of Kerobokan prison and an interview with her sister, Mercedes.

    [IMGR=''white'']https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=37609&stc=1&d=1104949232[/IMGR]Justice minister Amir Syamsuddin told reporters in Jakarta he was waiting for a report from the Bali corrections board, however “in the meantime I’d like to announce that there’s a possibility I will revoke Corby’s parole”.

    Amir is likely to make the decision on whether she will be sent back to prison within days, Fairfax reports.

    Corby had been in Kerobokan prison in Bali for almost nine years after being convicted of smuggling 4.2kg of cannabis into Bali. She was released on 7 February but under parole conditions she cannot return to Australia until 2017.

    The Indonesian government had warned against Corby doing any interviews after her release. Corby’s family lobbied without success to have the ban overturned.

    Instead, Sunday Night journalist Mike Willessee interviewed Mercedes Corby, who continued to assert her sister’s innocence. Mercedes suggested the marijuana found in Corby’s boogie board bag was “something to do with someone who worked in the airports” or could have come from Indonesia.

    The TV program gave the impression that “Indonesian law is for sale, that you can buy it”, Nasir Jamil, a member of parliament’s justice and human rights committee, told Fairfax.

    Despite the Corby family and the Seven network believing the ban applied only to Corby doing a television interview, Mercedes’s appearance was “basically the same thing”, he said.

    Fairfax media described Amir as “clearly infuriated” that the show went ahead despite the warnings from his government against it.

    Amir’s deputy, Denny Indrayana, told Indonesian morning television that Corby appeared to be “sneaking around the law”.

    Corby has also moved out of the hotel villa she had been staying in since her release, News Corp Australia reports. She has reportedly moved in with Mercedes and her family.

    Seven’s program, Schapelle, was not widely watched on Sunday, coming in seventh for the evening’s ratings.

    By Helen Davidson and Agencies
    Photograph Seven Network AAP; Schapelle Corby kisses her sister
    March 3 2014
    The Guardian
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    Schapelle Corby: Indonesia 'waiting for tough action'

    Schapelle Corby locked herself in the toilet for an entire day and was still on “heavy medication”, her brother-in-law revealed on Wednesday as he begged the media to give her space and not to “twist” the family’s words.

    [IMGR=''white'']https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=37610&stc=1&d=1104950769[/IMGR]But as Wayan Widyartha was giving his plea, the Indonesian media was ramping up its demand that Corby be locked back in Kerobokan prison.

    Mr Wayan spoke to journalists outside his family compound on Wednesday saying the media presence was “the hardest thing” for Corby to take, even compared to the threat of being imprisoned again.

    “It's the hardest thing, I think. She can't say anything, we can't say anything,” he said.

    He also said she was hallucinating about a large media scrum following her wherever she went.

    “It’s like illusion of peoples … If she goes out, it's like she's still seeing people (crowding her). She's still traumatised.”

    Asked about her attempted suicide, Mr Wayan sighed heavily and then said: “It’s because of stress, she's mentally ill. We sometimes can't speak to her. She stayed in the toilet for the whole day, she’s still on heavy medication … for her depression.”

    The family had reportedly previously denied any attempt at suicide, despite the comments of Bali Justice Office senior official Sunar Agus, who witnessed Corby take a knife and try to slice her wrist on Monday night.

    Mr Wayan said the family had “access to a psychologist online,” but he said it was too expensive to bring a doctor from Australia.

    “The doctor visited her in prison. We also use [Bali’s most prominent and respected psychiatrist] Dr Denny Thong."

    But Corby’s mental state and attempt at self-harm have evoked no sympathy among the politicians or media in Jakarta calling for her to be imprisoned again. Under a headline, “Waiting for tough action on Corby,” Metro TV’s morning anchor Najwa Shihab called for immediate revocation of the Australian drug smuggler's parole.

    Referring to justice minister Amir Syamsuddin’s comments on Tuesday that the Corby family was testing his patience, Najwa suggested the minister and the Indonesian government generally was testing the patience of the whole nation.

    Metro TV is owned and run by a local tycoon, Surya Paloh, who himself has political ambitions.

    An editorial in newspaper Media Indonesia said the Seven Network’s Sunday Night program interview with Mercedes Corby had “ridiculed” Indonesian “law and sovereignty” because it suggested her sister Schapelle was innocent and had been “the victim in a set up” by Indonesian officials.

    [IMGL=''white'']https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=37611&stc=1&d=1104950769[/IMGL]It accused the Indonesian government of a weak response, in contrast with the “tougher” action by the Australian Federal Police in raiding the Seven Network in a proceeds of crime investigation. “Simply revoke the parole as soon as possible and send Corby back into the prison,” the newspaper said.

    Increasing the ammunition against Corby within Indonesia was evidence from the luxury Villa Sentosa Seminyak that the Seven Network was paying the Corby family’s bill during their three-week stay there.

    Mr Sunar said he still did not know the exact amount of the bill, but: “It's accurate information” that Seven paid the bill.

    “However, it is not information we got from Mercedes … she would not admit it. Mercedes told me there was no payment for the interview, no agreement (for payment).”

    The information had come from the villas.

    Mr Sunar would not comment on whether the payment of the villa bill constituted payment for the interview, saying that was a matter for “interpretation”, but the news may be used against the 36-year-old Australian by those now calling for her to be jailed again.

    By Michael Bachelard
    Photographs Network Seven; Schapelle Corby with her nephew Wyan, Justin McManus; Schapelle's sister Mercedes with her husband Wayan visiting Schapelle before her release.
    March 5 2014
    The Sydney Morning Herald
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    Schapelle Corby's sister Mercedes apologises for Channel Seven interview

    Schapelle Corby's sister Mercedes has apologised to Indonesia "from the bottom of my heart" for an interview that sparked calls for her sibling to be thrown back in jail.

    [IMGR=''white'']https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=37616&stc=1&d=1394143852[/IMGR]Channel Seven aired an interview on Sunday night in which Mercedes suggested her sister had been set up, claiming the drugs she was caught with "could have been from Indonesia".

    The story included footage of Schapelle being whisked away from jail following her release on parole last month, as well as candid video of her first moments back with her family.

    Channel Seven's story outraged Indonesian authorities, who have suggested Corby was seeking to profit from her crime.

    The broadcaster denies reports of a deal with Corby.

    Indonesian justice and human rights minister Amir Syamsuddin, under significant domestic pressure, has warned of a "big possibility" that Corby's parole could be revoked as a result of the story.

    But a high-ranking justice ministry official says an apology from Mercedes may be taken into account.

    "From the bottom of my heart I am very sorry to the people of Indonesia if my interview on Australian TV caused unease," she said in Bali.

    "I apologise if my words were disrespectful to Indonesia. I did not intend any disrespect.

    "Our family are happy and grateful that Schapelle is free on parole. We thank the Indonesian government."

    Bali officials have evaluated Channel Seven's story to determine if any of it creates public unease, which is listed as a parole violation for Corby.

    They have sent a report to the justice ministry, which is now reviewing it.

    Correctional facilities director general Handoyo Sudrajat says there are still several procedural steps to be taken before a decision is made on any possible measures against Corby.

    By Helen Brown, Jakarta wires
    Photograph AAP, Seven Network; Schapelle and Mercedes Corby
    6 March 2014
    ABC News
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    Schapelle Corby: pawn in Indonesian political shadow play

    If you only watched 24-hour news channel Metro TV, you might believe Schapelle Corby was one of the biggest stories of the week in Indonesia.

    [IMGR=''white'']https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=37641&stc=1&d=1394210087[/IMGR]A navy arsenal blew up in Jakarta, a political candidate was murdered in a hail of bullets, the former reserve bank deputy governor was indicted for corruption, but almost every morning the network – one of the most widely watched by news consumers – set aside substantial time for Corby.

    In each slot, selections from Mercedes Corby’s ill-advised interview on the Sunday Night program played on a loop to ram home the message that the Indonesian justice minister should ''toughen up'' and return Schapelle to Kerobokan prison.

    ''It’s the only way to shake the impression that Indonesia is under ... the armpit of Australia and unable to uphold the sovereignty of our own laws,'' editorialised presenter Najwa Shihab on Wednesday.

    On the same day, national newspaper Media Indonesia got into the act with a fire-breathing editorial.

    If Corby is to be jailed again for causing ''public restlessness'' – the clause in the parole law now being invoked against her – it’s Metro TV and Media Indonesia which will have done most to create the upset.

    The campaign, though, is not a pure expression of public feeling. Schapelle Corby has become a pawn in Indonesian politics, in a game played by people who care nothing for her individual fate.

    Metro TV and Media Indonesia, like most of Indonesia’s media, are both owned by a rich man with political ambitions. Unlike Rupert Murdoch, though, Surya Paloh wants to do more than control politicians – he wants to be a politician.

    Mr Surya made big money in catering, but in Indonesia, politics is the best way to secure and extend business interests. Having lost against another businessman and media owner in 2009 to gain the chairmanship of the Golkar Party (former dictator Suharto’s electoral vehicle), Mr Surya set up his own movement, National Democrats, or ''Nasdem''.

    Mr Surya would like to be the president, but he lacks the popularity, and his party lacks the machine, to get him there.

    Next month, though, in Indonesia’s parliamentary elections, he has a shot at getting a seat at the big table.

    The parliamentary election precedes the presidential election by several months, and only if a candidate has the support of 20 per cent of the popular vote in the parliamentary election, or 25 per cent of the seats, is he or she eligible to become a presidential candidate. It acts as a kind of primary for the presidential election in July.

    Parties will be forced to form coalitions to nominate a candidate, so even with 10 per cent of the vote, Nasdem’s boss, Mr Surya, could become a kingmaker, with all the opportunities that suggests.

    And if a politician who owns a media company wants to raise his profile by whipping up popular resentments, the weakness of president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and the spectre of spying, arrogant, drug-smuggling Australia are both failsafe ways of doing so.

    Unfortunately for Corby, she stands as a symbol of both.

    [IMGL=''white'']https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=37640&stc=1&d=1394210087[/IMGL]SBY granted her clemency and his justice minister granted her parole. Both decisions are popularly seen as examples of SBY’s predictable habit of kowtowing to Australian lobbying.

    Australia is deeply unpopular in Indonesia, and particularly so since Tony Abbott became Prime Minister, so Corby (and Mercedes) are readily portrayed as conniving manipulators in this political shadow puppet play.

    The Corby family’s missteps – the luxury villa, the initial intention to do a paid interview, Mercedes’ decision to press ahead with the Mike Willesee exclusive, then her comment that the drugs ''could have been from Indonesia'' – have caused enough real popular angst to make Corby an easy target for this campaign.

    Metro TV has also employed creative cutting of the interview to make Corby look gleeful at putting one over the Indonesians, and mistranslated some of the family’s comments to make them seem even worse. (When brother-in-law Wayan Widyartha explained that Corby was on medication for her poor mental state, it was translated on Metro TV as ''she often consumes sedatives''.)

    The decision about Corby’s continued parole lies with Law and Human Rights Minister Amir Syamsuddin. He has publicly complained that the Corby family has not made it easy for him, particularly since he himself is seeking a parliamentary seat in South Sulawesi.

    Mr Amir’s hardline deputy, Denny Indrayana, who appeared on Metro TV’s Corby slot on Monday, would lock Corby up tomorrow. But there’s good evidence to suggest Mr Amir, who has met Corby, does not feel the same way.

    Mercedes’ apology on Thursday was aimed at these men, as well as at public opinion. It may be enough to soften both – and Metro TV reported it on Thursday afternoon.

    Friday morning’s programs, though, were silent on the subject of Corby.

    By Michael Bachelard
    Photograph google img; Schapelle Corby
    March 7 2014
    The Sydney Morning Herald
  5. Buzybee
    God help that poor girl they're treating her like a puppet! Hopefully it will be 2017 soon and she can go her own way if she has the capacity left. Hugs from Buzybee especially for Schaplle x
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    Schapelle Corby likely to escape jail term

    Schapelle Corby's chances of staying out of jail have been given a big boost with the Bali Justice Office finding ''no real evidence'' that she had breached her parole, and saying that to revoke it now would be ''reckless''.

    [IMGR=''white'']https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=37745&stc=1&d=1105462320[/IMGR]The recommendation has been sent to the Indonesian Justice Minister, Amir Syamsuddin, who has said it will be the most important element in his thinking about Corby's ability to remain free. He is expected to make his decision next week.

    The corrections division head of the Bali Justice office, Sunar Agus, said, in the crucial advice from his organisation: ''We found no real evidence of Corby breaching her parole''.

    Mr Sunar said the advice to the minister contained two options, A and B, but also revealed it contained a recommendation.

    ''We, the [Bali] team, believe that it would be better to allow Corby to keep her parole. Of the two options, we favoured the option of not revoking her parole … we believe to revoke her parole now could be seen as reckless act.''

    Indonesia's parole laws contain a wide discretion for authorities to send a prisoner back to jail if they are causing ''restlessness'' in the community.

    Corby's luxury villa, which was paid for by Channel Seven, sister Mercedes' decision to press ahead with the Mike Willesee exclusive, then her comment in the interview that the drugs ''could have been from Indonesia'' have all been cited by Indonesian media and some politicians as causing social upset.

    But in its final recommendation, the Bali Justice Office does not appear to agree.

    ''As for causing restlessness, why don't you interpret it yourself? If there's no breach of conditions, how can we sanction someone?'' Mr Sunar said.

    He said he had also recommended no other sanctions against Corby saying: ''I do not have the authority to sanction''.

    ''But decisions are not for us to make. We just report the situation as it is. We analyse, evaluate, and then make our report to the Director-General of Corrections in Jakarta. The Justice Minister will be the one to make the final decisions.''

    The minister, Mr Amir, will spend the weekend on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, where he is contesting a seat in next month's parliamentary election. He is expected back in Jakarta on Monday.

    Corby and her family have complained repeatedly about the ongoing media scrutiny and the pending decision about the revocation of her parole. A decision by the minister is likely to end both.

    Earlier this week, Corby took a knife to her wrist during a meeting with officials at the Corby home, in what Mr Sunar interpreted as a suicide attempt and which Corby's brother-in-law Wayan Widyartha admitted was a sign of stress.

    ''She stayed in the toilet for the whole day, she's still on heavy medication … for her depression,'' Mr Wayan said.

    On Friday two Australian journalists - Daniel Sutton from Channel Ten and freelance photographer Nathan Richter - were deported from Bali for working on tourist visas. Officials said it was simply a routine check.

    By Michael Bachelard
    Photograph Seven Network; Schapelle
    March 9 2014
    The Sydney Morning Herald
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    Schapelle Corby admitted her guilt, says Bali Nine Courier Renae Lawrence

    Jakarta: Schapelle Corby admitted her guilt and said the fateful 2004 drug run that saw her locked up for ten years was actually her fourth trip to Bali as a courier, according to fellow Australian prisoner Renae Lawrence.

    Lawrence, one of the Bali Nine heroin couriers, has also alleged in an interview broadcast on the Ten Network that Corby faked mental illness to get a shorter sentence — a tactic that worked.

    Corby was granted a five-year sentence reduction in 2012 by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono who cited compassionate grounds because of the Australian’s mental illness. This is likely to be the most damaging revelation from the interview.

    [IMGR=''white'']https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=38166&stc=1&d=1107790557[/IMGR]A spokesman for the Indonesian Justice and Human Rights Minister Amir Syamsuddin said of that allegation: “That is her [Corby's] good luck”. However, if the Indonesian media pick up the line and use it to criticise Dr Yudhoyono for being too cosy with Australia, it may affect Corby’s parole. As it stands, the minister is still considering whether to send her back to Kerobokan prison over sister Mercedes’ interview last month with Channel Seven’s Mike Willesee.

    But the allegation about previous drug runs would change nothing, said two Indonesian government spokesmen. Corby had been convicted and served the bulk of her sentence and there was no evidence of other trips, they said.

    In the interview, Lawrence said in the five years she lived in the same cell block as Corby, she “did a good job on keeping secrets but she let one slip one night” to Lawrence and another prisoner.

    “She said that she knew the marijuana was in the body [sic] bag but that the person who was supposed to be at the airport at that time didn’t show up for work or couldn’t be there for some strange reason, I don’t know … And that’s how she got caught.

    “She told me and the other prisoner that she done it more than this time. She got away with it before … and she said how she had to keep saying that she wasn’t guilty because if she changed her mind she was scared she would lose all the Australian support.”

    Elaborating on the earlier drug trips, Lawrence said: “She said she brought the drugs before, three times. The first time she didn’t know [about the drugs] until she got through the airport, but the other times she knew.”

    Visa stamps in Corby's passport show she made four visits to Bali in the years before her 2004 arrest: in March, August and December 1999, and in July 2000.

    Corby, who has also repeatedly denied she smoked cannabis, had “used since she was a teenager,” according to Lawrence.

    On the question of Corby’s mental illness, Lawrence said, “She, um, actually, she acted crazy … She said it herself. She played crazy so that she would get more sympathy and more time off from the President of Indonesia. Which actually worked for her … She would put on more of an act when someone important came into the block like the doctor of the jail boss.”

    When Dr Yudhoyono granted Corby five years off her sentence (reducing it from 20 years to 15) in 2012, he cited her mental illness as the main reason.

    Prison sources have in the past blamed Lawrence, who was responsible at one point for administering anti-psychotic medication to Corby, for getting the dosage wrong and prompting her mental illness.

    [IMGL=''white'']https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=38167&stc=1&d=1107790557[/IMGL]Lawrence, who had a sometimes antagonistic relationship with Corby, appears to be motivated partly by anger to give the interview.

    Lawrence intends to apply for parole next year, but like other members of the Bali Nine was infuriated by the Corby family’s inept handling of Schapelle’s release. This included initially living in a five-star luxury villa, arranging a lucrative paid interview with Willesee (which fell through over objections from the Indonesian government) and implying that Schapelle Corby may have been set up by Indonesian authorities.

    Lawrence said these events may damage the chances of others.

    “I don’t know why she has to keep carrying on like she is. She’s not helping herself and she is not helping us other foreigners who want to go for parole … she should just be quiet … If she keeps doing what she’s doing she is going to ruin it for everyone."

    The revelations in the paid interview will infuriate the Corby family and supporters who continue to insist on Schapelle’s innocence.

    The Corby family released a media statement ahead of the interview saying Schapelle Corby denied admitting her guilt to Lawrence. "The claims by Renae Lawrence that Schapelle confessed to her that she had knowingly smuggled the marijuana in her boogie board bag are false," the statement said. "The further claims by Renae Lawrence that Schapelle had done so on many occasions are preposterous, maliciously false and a creation of her own fantasy."

    Corby was convicted in 2004 of couriering 4.2 kilograms of cannabis to Indonesia and sentenced to 20 years in jail, which was later reduced to 15 years.

    By Michael Bachelard
    Photographs 1. Reuters; Schapelle Corby, 2. Michael Bachelard; Renae Lawrence
    April 7 2014
    The Sydney Morning Herald
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    Ten confirms it paid for interview with Renae Lawrence

    Network Ten has admitted it has paid for a prison cell “interview” featuring convicted Australian drug smuggler Renae Lawrence on her time sharing a cell with Schapelle Corby, raising the issue of whether police will again investigate an Australian TV network under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

    [IMGR=''white'']https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=38168&stc=1&d=1107791437[/IMGR]The news special entitled “Schapelle’s Secrets” is being promoted by the TV network as a “world exclusive” and is understood to feature video shot on a mobile phone where according to the Ten promo she “reveals all” about her time as Schapelle’s cellmate. Lawrence is still in jail in Bali.

    It will be aired on its 5pm Eyewitness News bulletin, with a follow-up special on The Project from 6.30pm, on host Charlie Pickering’s last night.

    The Corby family has since issued a statement slamming Ten for airing the interview for “ratings and money”. See it here.

    Ten’s decision to air the paid-for interview with an Australian citizen convicted of drug smuggling in Indonesia follows raids conducted by the Australian Federal Police on the Seven Network in February seeking documents around an alleged deal between the network and the Corby family for an interview with Schapelle, shortly after her release from prison.

    A spokeswoman for Ten told Mumbrella today that “a small fee was paid to an agency for this interview” with Lawrence. She adds Ten does not believe the interview contravenes Australian proceeds of crime laws.

    “The interview was done in recent weeks, not when Schapelle and Renae were cell mates,” said the spokeswoman. ”Network Ten paid a news agency representing the interviewer, not Renae Lawrence.”

    It is currently unclear whether the interviewer paid Lawrence for the interview.

    Ten’s decision to screen the interview comes only weeks after the AFP dropped its investigation into the Seven Network’s attempt to conduct a paid interview with Schapelle Corby, arguing an investigation by Indonesian authorities superseded their own. Seven has since won a court victory against the AFP over the validity of the search warrants executed on that day, which may make any potential investigations into Ten’s deal more complex.

    Mumbrella understands the footage was offered to rival networks by a third party asking for as much as $150,000 although it is thought that Ten paid substantially less than that for the footage. The video is thought to show Lawrence stating on camera that Schapelle told her she was guilty.

    Ten has been plugging the interview hard over the weekend after announcing it had secured it on Friday, as it bids to gain greater audiences after recent poor ratings.

    Despite intense media interest around her release, and reports of a bidding war between rival networks to secure an exclusive interview, Schapelle’s story has failed to translate to bumper audiences for rivals Nine and Seven.

    Nine aired a telemovie about her case on the night before Schapelle was released, which pulled in just 1.022m metro viewers, while Seven got 1.9m for its INXS drama. But, when Seven showed heavily touted footage of her first moments of freedom on its Sunday Night show the audience halved from the previous week, an interview with the remaining members of INXS.

    Lawrence is serving 20 years in an Indonesian prison after being found with 2.6 kg of heroin on her body in 2005.

    Update 3:30pm:

    The Australian Federal Police has responded to Mumbrella saying it is aware of the interview this evening, adding: “At this stage it is not appropriate to speculate or comment in regard to this matter.”

    By Nic Christensen
    Photograph Ten
    April 7 2014
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