The Schapelle Corby Nightmare

By SteveZ · Aug 9, 2008 · ·
  1. SteveZ
    A new video has been released from the UK explaining the terrible case of Schapelle Corby. The press release is here:

    Text follows:
    A short independent film has today been released which condemns Indonesia's imprisonment of Australian, Schapelle Corby, as unlawful under both Indonesian and international law.

    Miss Corby was sentenced to an unprecedented 20 year prison term in 2005 for importation of marijuana, and is still imprisoned.

    The film identifies various breaches of Corby's legal and human rights, both before and during the trial. It cites specific aspects of this, and examines some of the external pressures applied to the court itself. It also points out that the drugs she is alleged to have carried had a far greater value in the country of departure than in Indonesia, hence eradicating any
    semblance of a motive.

    It also highlights the refusal of the judiciary to accept Corby's pleas to have the evidence (marijuana) fingerprinted and forensically tested for country of origin, either of which could have immediately cleared her of any involvement. The evidence was subsequently destroyed by court order, which prevents its future use on her behalf.

    The video, which is titled 'The Schapelle Corby Nightmare' can be viewed on YouTube (
    It is also now available from several Schapelle Corby support sites, including the independent UK based international site
    (, which produced it.

    The production team plans a series of additional films for international distribution, which will highlight further harrowing aspects of this case, and subsequent disturbing events.

    This is really distressing.

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  1. podge
    This is indeed distressing, this poor girl is just another victim of the war on drugs. And her own government are too cowardly to stand up for her when it was a blatent set up, it's just ridiculous.
  2. chillinwill
    Schapelle Corby lodges plea for clemency on grounds of mental illness

    SCHAPELLE Corby has lodged a plea for clemency from the Indonesian president on the humanitarian ground of mental illness.
    The plea, which seeks to have Corby's 20-year jail sentence reduced, changed or quashed, is contained in hundreds of pages of documents addressed to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

    The plea asks him to give clemency to Corby by either removing her sentence completely or slashing the number of years she must serve.

    It does not suggest any alternative sentence.

    A request for clemency is highly unusual in Indonesia.

    Mr Yudhoyono, who has a tough anti-drug regime, has consistently said he will not pardon drug dealers.

    The clemency plea says that Corby, who was arrested in October 2004, is suffering psychosis and has become insane.

    The document also highlights what the defence lawyers say were legal errors and mistakes in the conduct of the investigation and Corby's trial in the Denpasar District Court.

    The clemency plea is backed by reports from two psychiatrists. Corby's treating psychiatrist in Bali, Dr Denny Thong, says in a statement that he observed her for five days last May and concluded that she suffers "depression with psychotic symptoms.

    This condition could endanger her life because she cannot control her mind, feelings and behaviour".

    Dr Thong recommends that Corby be moved to an environment where she can be medically supervised.

    The clemency plea also includes a report from Australian psychiatrist Dr Jonathan Phillips.

    Dr Phillips examined Corby last August and said she was suffering severe psychosis and that it could be said she had become insane.

    He said that Corby acted in a child-like way and was susceptible to exploitation.

    The plea also includes a three-page letter from Corby's sister Mercedes, who says her sibling did not get a fair trial and that there were many mistakes and problems with the conduct of the police investigation and the subsequent trial.

    Mercedes highlights a number of issues including that no fingerprints were ever taken of the bag containing the marijuana, there was no video record of the arrest at Bali Airport, there is no video or CCTV from the airport in Australia, no DNA testing was carried out on the marijuana to determine its origin and her baggage weight was not recorded in Australia.

    She also highlights a cocaine bust at Sydney airport involving baggage handlers on the same day that Schapelle was transiting through Sydney airport.

    A decision on Corby's plea could take months or years.

    Cindy Wockner
    April 9, 2010
    Herald Sun
    New book: Corby took the fall for her father

    Schapelle Corby, whose drug trafficking trial transfixed and divided Australians, was carrying drugs to Bali for her father, according to a new book.

    Sins of the Father, by Eamonn Duff, claims Michael Corby was part of a syndicate smuggling hydroponically grown marijuana from Australia to the Indonesian tourist island.

    It says Schapelle, who is serving a 20-year sentence after 4.1kg of the drug was found in her boogie Airport in 2004, willingly took the fall for her father.

    Duff, a journalist with Sydney's Sun-Herald newspaper, quotes Malcolm McCauley, a convicted drug trafficker, as saying he had a long-standing arrangement to deliver marijuana from South Australia to Michael Corby's home on Queensland's Gold Coast. Corby - who died of cancer in 2008 - would then send it on a flight to Bali, where corrupt airport officials would pocket a A$1000 ($1302) bribe placed inside.

    Schapelle has always maintained her innocence, claiming the drugs were planted by Australian baggage handlers. Before her father died, he admitted being convicted of marijuana possession in the 1970s and said he had faced "half a dozen" drink-driving charges, adding: "Who hasn't?"

    Schapelle's half-brother, James Kisina, who accompanied her on the trip to Bali, was jailed for four years in 2006 for his part in a burglary in Brisbane during which money and drugs were stolen and a couple were attacked with an iron bar.

    Two old friends of Michael Corby told Duff he began growing and selling marijuana in his mid-20s.

    Duff said yesterday it was not clear whether Schapelle knew the drugs were in her bag. However, he added: "I think it's fair to say that she was well aware that her father was entrenched in the marijuana game for three decades."

    Duff believes Schapelle's affection for her father - who always denied knowledge of the drugs - prevented her from revealing the true story.

    "This is a very, very close family and they're a very close father-daughter relationship," he said.

    McCauley, who served 15 months in jail for running drugs, visited Schapelle in prison soon after she was arrested.

    The purser on Schapelle's Qantas flight, Gail Burgess, told Duff she was "aggressive and loud". The crew stopped serving her drinks after passengers complained. Alexander Downer, Minister for Foreign Affairs at the time of her arrest, says Australian Federal Police told him they believed Schapelle was guilty.

    By Kathy Marks
    5:30 AM Thursday Nov 10, 2011
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