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Bali poised for Corby parole decision

2019年1月17日 / by admin

A former lawyer for Schapelle Corby who still argues she is innocent is one of many in Bali eagerly awaiting news of her release from jail.

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The convicted drug smuggler will likely learn whether her long-awaited request for parole will be granted some time after 5.30pm (AEDT) on Friday.

Her fate rests in the hands of Indonesia’s Justice Minister Amir Syamsuddin, who insists she will get no special treatment.

Australian media crews are already embedded outside Bali’s Kerobokan jail in anticipation of her release.

While there are reports she could make millions from an exclusive TV tell-all, Prime Minister Tony Abbott suggested Corby should not profit by selling her story.

“The old principle is crime should not pay,” he told Fairfax Radio on Thursday.

Erwin Siregar, who was one of Corby’s first lawyers, is also keen for the parole decision to be announced.

Despite being dropped from her defence team in 2005, after Corby was found guilty of drug trafficking, Mr Siregar still argues for the Australian.

“Until today, I’m still thinking Corby is not guilty,” he told AAP in his Denpasar office on Thursday.

The lawyer expects it will be difficult for Corby to have peace if she gets parole in Bali, but he believes she will make the best of it.

“I think she will be a success, of course,” he said.

“So many people are waiting for her. She will be a success, and I’m glad.”

However, as in Australia, in Indonesia there are many Corby detractors.

Bali taxi driver Andik Purwanto was on Thursday reading a local newspaper report about the possible release of the famous “ratu narkotik” (drug queen).

He said he believed in firm punishment for Corby, as drugs had the potential to ruin many lives.

“I believe what the law says. If the law finds they deserve this kind of punishment, then they probably deserve it,” he told AAP.

He said there was great interest in Bali because “Australia has become very close with us”.

In Jakarta on Thursday, Mr Syamsuddin’s staff told reporters he would hold a media conference at 1.30pm local time on Friday.

The minister has already said publicly he can see no reason why Corby’s parole bid should be rejected.

Her case was heard in Jakarta last week, but it’s not known whether the parole board’s recommendation to Mr Syamsuddin was in favour of parole.

If it’s approved, Corby, 36, will serve her parole in the Kuta home of her sister Mercedes and her husband Wayan Widyartha.

Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa told reporters in Jakarta he believed the Australian government had handled the Corby case in a “correct and proper” way.

Australia had always handled Corby’s consular concerns as best it could while recognising it was a legal matter for Indonesia, he said.

“It has been approached principally as a legal matter … it hasn’t affected bilateral relations,” he said.

Corby has maintained her innocence throughout the more than nine years she has been behind bars.

The beauty student was 27 when she was caught in 2004 attempting to smuggle more than four kilograms of marijuana into Bali in a bodyboard bag.

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