Fair Justice For Schapelle Corby

This case is an outrage.

Schapelle Corby is a 27 year old Australian woman being held in Denpasar prison for allegedly attempting to smuggle 4.1 kilograms of Cannibis through Indonesian customs in October last year. She denys the charges and claims the drugs were planted in her bodyboard bag.
Evidence has been presented in her defense that the marijuana was put in her unlocked bodyboard bag during transit by a baggage handler involved in an elaborate drug smuggling ring. Schapelle began her trip to Indonesia from Brisbane and then flew on to Sydney International airport, where her bags were left in a bagage carriage for an extended period of time in an area where many airport personnel have easy access.
If she is found guilty she may face Death by Firing Squad. Her sentence is expected to be sort next Thursday April 21st.

Her case raises many disturbing issues ….

  • Lax security and proven baggage tampering at Australian airports in an era of terrorism
  • Why sumone would want to import marijuana to Indonesia (typically it would be expected that marijuana would be exported from the region)
  • Hints at corruption in the Indonesian legal system and that many legal protocols were ignored.
  • Sentancing inconsistancies considering the lax two year sentance given to Abu Bakar Bashir for his involvement in the Bali bombings which killed approx 200 people.

    Before you judge this girl Guilty before proven Innocent I would like to point you to this news article printed in THE AGE on March 5th 2005 …. Evidence Lost and Bungled

  • There are many ways we can support her …

  • The family request people tie a yellow ribbon to a tree in your garden or around your letterbox to show support.
  • Sign A petition – there are two: Help To Free Schapelle Corby & Call For Government Intervention
  • Write a letter to Schapelle to let her know that she is not forgotten … her family receive the emails, print them, and deliver them to Schapelle each day.
  • Write Letters to the Powers that be … The Australian Consulate-General In Bali or Alexander Downer – There is a form letter Here to make this easier.
  • Donate funds to her cause: Email HFS Incorporated for more information on how to do this.
  • Spread the word.

  • Comments
    4 Responses to “Fair Justice For Schapelle Corby”
    1. Unknown says:

      Maybe she is guilty maybe she isn\’t. I don\’t really know. But before the verdict I was a little disturbed by all these people trying to interfere with another country\’s judicial system. People should respect the independence of any judiciary, especcially if it is that of another country.

    2. Reanimated says:

      I agree that every country has a right to an independent judicial system. I agree that when travelling to another country you must abide by their laws, and accept that you will be trialed under them if you dont. Nonetheless, influencing changes in other countries isnt necessarily a bad thing. Learning from the experiences and opinions of others, helps to make the world a fairer place in which to live for everyone.Australia itself, has received much criticism over it\’s mandatory detention of illegal immigrants and asylum seekers, who do not hold a valid visa or identification papers. They are held for an indefinate period, and have no right of appeal in court. Currently 68 children are detained behind alarmed barbed-wire fencing. Australia is the only western country in the world with this policy. Due to external pressure from other countries, the media, and the public, our government is finally making changes to those policies, in order to bring Australia more in line with the international community.I understand the Indonesian legal system (and many other countries) use an inquisitorial trial system, which we are told, is basically meant to ensure that someone who is innocent would never actually make it to trial. However, from what I understand, it is actually constructed so that anyone who is gulity, cannot gain their freedom on a technicality or a good argument from a savvy lawyer.Unfortunately, the inquisitorial system was the same system in which the witches of the middle ages and communists in the 1950\’s were trialed under … Many would say Muslims are being subjected to it today … it has already been proven to have some major faults (not that any system of law is perfect). There are many who believe a system of justice should have room for the concept of "reasonable doubt", and this does not seem to exist in the inquistorial system. Once incriminated, you either have to admit it, provide infallible evidence to refute it, or remain \’gulity\’. I think a 100% rate of conviction for a judge is highly questionable.No country has the right to believe they are completely perfect and incapable of change. It\’s not a disgrace to learn new and improved courses of action through the influence of others.

    3. Unknown says:

      CC: http://spaces.msn.com/members/kankean/Blog/cns!1p8w_qKplW_3u6QPS_aqqlOg!483.entryHello PoisonMyst, thanks for the replyI started with your 14 May entry and followed the links from there, although not to your contributions to the DA forums.When I spoke of interfering, I am not talking about influencing positive changes in another country. I am talking about subverting the one of the pillars of any democracy, i.e. the independence of the Judiciary.If you want to try and promote change in the judicial system itself, then it is counter-productive to make the Corby case a focal point.

    4. Reanimated says:

      Thanks for reading further entries in my blog on this topic, and for your reply. As stated in my blog of June 3rd, "some of my original conceptions altered as I discovered new facts."url – http://spaces.msn.com/members/reanimatedresidue/Blog/cns!1pkEXRh49qVFlftxcaMcqNiA!185.entry None-the-less, I am not the type to change the details of previous blog entries, even if I no longer agree with the content, as I prefer to demonstrate my abilities to learn new facts over time.I agree that the Australian public have no right to condemn the everyday citizens of Indonesia, simply because of the Corby case (as in your quote from Malcolm Elliot), yet, I do not believe the region is a safe place in which to travel either. It is a country where political unrest can spark up at any time causing lethal danger to the lives of ordinary civilians. You wont see me jumping on a plane to Iraq, Israel, Chechnya, or even Ireland for that matter, any time soon. Like it or not, Indonesia is not a safe place.However, in response to your reply, I consider Schapelle\’s case to be as good a place as any to start, when it comes to promoting change in both the judicial system of Indonesia and our own country. Her predicament is a perfect example of how the civil law system does not have room for the concept of "reasonable doubt" or discussion as to whether a piece of legislation is right or wrong. I understand that poilitical intervention on the court systems of other countries is not necessarily the most ideal procedure in which to undertake change … though I admit, I do not know how to promote modifications in a system of civil law. From what I understand, under the civil law system, it is not up to the judges to create the legislation, they are simply assigned to apply the laws which already exist. So who institutes these statue laws under which they operate? In a common law system, such as our own, it is the judges who interpret and influence the change or creation of laws, through cases that establish precedence. The evidence presented by the defence in the Corby case, is inconsequential to the legislation under which she has been found gulity. The independence of the Indo judiciary is questionable because it seems apparent that it is unable to initiate change of legislation on its own. Its downfall will come from its inability to accomodate change, not from attempts by other countries to introduce new avenues of progress.

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