Indonesia gives approval for Aussies, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran’s transfer from prison to be executed

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Updated about an hour agoFri 13 Feb 2015, 10:38am

Indonesian authorities have approved the transfer of two convicted Australian drug smugglers from their Bali prison, in preparation for execution.

The head of the Bali prosecutor’s office, Momock Bambang Samirso, confirmed he received permission from the Justice and Human Rights Ministry on Wednesday night to transfer Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran out of Kerobokan prison, so they can be taken away for execution.

There will be a meeting today to discuss the final logistics and then coordinate with other prisons to have the men relocated.

Mr Momock said the execution would be done as soon as possible.

“The permit to transfer the prisoners has been received. We are going to transfer [them] and conduct execution as soon as possible,” Mr Momock said.

“We’re not delaying execution … the attorney-general’s office asked to do it as soon as possible.”

He has said the families of the two men would be notified before the transfer goes ahead, giving them the opportunity to visit for the last time.

“We will inform the families and inmates a few days before the transfer,” Mr Momock said.

The ABC understands officials have already been speaking to airport authorities and the national carrier Garuda Indonesia, which has apparently agreed to be involved in flying the two men to where the executions will take place.

The pair is likely to be flown to Yogyakarta and then driven about five hours to Cilacap in Central Java province near Nusakambangan Island, home to a high-security prison.

Indonesian attorney-general Muhammad Prasetyo will make the official announcement that the executions are to go ahead three days beforehand.

The two men, the ringleaders of the so-called Bali Nine group of heroin smugglers, have been denied presidential pardons and are due to face a firing squad this month.

Indonesian president Joko Widodo, who has a policy of denying clemency for all drug offenders, said he had rejected 64 bids for clemency and was not forgiving any drug criminal.

But lawyers for Chan and Sukumaran are still attempting to appeal the president’s decision to refuse them clemency without considering their cases.

An appeal was filed in the State Administrative Court in East Jakarta on Wednesday in the hope of forcing Mr Widodo to reconsider the cases individually.

Julie Bishop and Tanya Plibersek call for stay of execution

In a show of unity, Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop moved a motion in Parliament, seconded by Opposition counterpart Tanya Plibersek, calling for a stay of execution for the two men.

Ms Bishop said the Government would continue to make representations in an effort to save the pair’s lives.

“Over 55 personal representations at Ministerial and Prime Ministerial level have been made,” she said.

“High-profile Australian officials and members of the business community have made discreet overtures to their influential Indonesian contacts.

“Our officials in Jakarta have made – and are continuing to make – respectful, tireless and targeted diplomatic representations at the highest levels.”

However, Indonesia’s foreign minister Retno Marsudi said she had explained the Indonesian government’s stance on executing drug smugglers to Ms Bishop.

“I told Julie that this is not against a country, this is not against a national of a certain country but this is against crime, it’s against an extraordinary crime,” she said.

Last month Indonesia executed six people, including five foreigners, for drug offences.

Melissa Parke renews her plea for pair to be spared

Federal Labor MP Melissa Parke has also renewed her plea for Chan and Sukumaran to be spared from execution.

“These young men are rehabilitated and reformed, they’re helping others every day, they could be a vital part of Indonesia’s campaign to educate young people about the dangers of drugs,” she said.

“We honour the wonderful human beings that they have become and we’re very hopeful about the things that they can still do in their lives and we send them our love, our hope and our courage.”

The former United Nations lawyer said the pair’s good behaviour should provide a legal basis for a stay of execution.

“Indonesia’s own constitutional court has not only concluded – based on a huge amount of evidence – that the death penalty is not a deterrent, but it has also recommended that the death penalty should be able to be amended where a prisoner demonstrates good behaviour for 10 years,” she said.

Ms Parke also criticised the Australian Federal Police for alerting Indonesian officials to the Bali Nine in the first place.

“That was a terrible mistake, AFP guidelines have been amended now and I think that we would all hope that that would never happen again,” she said.

Ms Parke has written a letter signed by 111 federal MPs to the Indonesian Government asking for men’s death sentences to be lifted.

Chief Government whip Philip Ruddock, Chief Opposition whip Chris Hayes, and Greens leader Senator Christine Milne were among the co-signatories.

Schapelle Corby released on Parole-$$$$$$$$$$$


9 years and she is out 11am 10/02/14

1.29pm: THE RACE FOR THE CORBY EXCLUSIVE

CHANNEL Seven is believed to have won the race to snare the first interview with Schapelle Corby, with veteran Mike Willessee in Bali to celebrate the former jailbird’s flight to freedom.

The convicted drug smuggler’s mother Rosleigh allowed Seven cameras exclusive access to film her reaction as she watched from Brisbane.

The vision is thought to be a part of a multi-faceted media deal worth in excess of $3 million, including the first interview to air on Seven’s Sunday Night program, with other stories to roll out across the Seven Media Group’s publishing assets including New Idea magazine.

The illustration below show the time Corby spent in jail. When the details of her massive media deal is exposed I will show how crime does pay per year, month etc.

ok an update on the deal of 3 million, to put it into perspective

If the 3 million dollars bandied around for the exclusive Channel 7 deal is about right, my maths say she got 750 dollars for every gram of weed x 4000 grams (caught with 4KG odd?!) she trafficked. I would not know what weed sells for these days, but she has made huge profit even if it took 9 years.

Or $355,000 for each year in jail. That is for a convicted criminal, not compo for wrongful arrest or jail…staggering isn’t it

Let me know of my sums are wrong or what weed sells for on the street in grams or whatever. When I was young it was a foil or bag, not so much the weight.

Corby jail time

Corby jail time

 

This will be a circus, but it is up for discussion folks


Schapelle Corby‘s parole application has been approved by Indonesia‘s justice minister.

Amir Syamsuddin held a press conference in Jakarta where he spoke about the prisoner applications he has been reviewing, including Corby’s.

The former Gold Coast beauty student was jailed in Bali in 2005 after authorities found 4.1 kilograms of marijuana in her bodyboard bag at Denpasar airport the year before.

Update 9pm 07/02/14

Key points from today

  • Corby has been granted parole
  • She could be released from jail as early as Monday afternoon (local time)
  • Prison authorities have to receive original documentation from Indonesia’s justice minister before the Australian can be freed
  • Under Indonesia’s criminal procedure code, the period of parole lasts for the remainder of a person’s prison term, plus an additional year, under which they remain under the supervision of authorities

Details of Corby’s parole conditions have also been released.

During her parole time, she will have to report to her parole officer regularly. Parole will be revoked if:

1. She commits a crime
2. She is accused of committing a crime
3. Causes discomfort to society
4. Fails to report to her parole officer three times in a row
5. Fails to report a change of address
6. Fails to follow or obey programs organised by her parole officer

The statement goes on to say that Corby is not the only foreign prisoner who was granted parole by the justice ministry.

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Our Schapelle: a smuggler for all seasons

By Lauren Rosewarne

Posted Thu 6 Feb 2014

The Schapelle Corby story resonates not just because she’s white with big and bewildered blue eyes, but because she represents an Australian caricature that’s loved and loathed in equal measure, writes Lauren Rosewarne.

In marketing it’s referred to as “cut through”: collating just the right elements to set your advertisement apart from the throng. A commercial that gets noticed, spoken about, remembered even in the most saturated of marketplaces.

In news media, few people would be as crude as to use a term like cut through. The very same thing, of course, transpires. In a sea of worthy, of interesting, of important current affairs items, some manage to strike resonance with the masses and others fall to the wayside.

The Schapelle Corby tale is one such example.

Long before Channel Nine got their mitts on it, the story had all the makings of a telemovie. A fresh-faced, doe-eyed beauty student protagonist with a first name that would long hold its own. There was Mercedes – the sister, the shrieker – taking that well-worn route of consciousness-raising by posing for Ralph. There were the drug allegations against her dad, the potentially shonky baggage handler. For those with a penchant for props, there was the infamous boogie board bag.

The Schapelle story was built for the small screen.

And the small screen – and, in fact, the news media more broadly – latched onto it. And held on. Tightly. For nearly 10 very long years.

On one hand I’m not sure that the extensive media coverage of a story like this or, in fact like Lindy Chamberlain or Madeleine McCann, serve as the best indicator of how much the public care. In many cases, we simply consume the media we are given. We know about Kerobokan, for example, about Azaria’s matinee jacket and enough about Praia da Luz to fill a guidebook simply because we’re educated, because we’re paying attention to the news and because the crime beat always gets disproportionate coverage.

That said, audiences aren’t passive dupes. We don’t merely swallow every tale offered up, and we couldn’t possibly know as many lurid details as most of us do without us paying attention. We’ve been partaking of this soap opera because it, apparently, strikes a chord.

So why? Why, when so little sympathy is conjured for the other Australian drug smugglers populating Indonesia jail cells, have we maintained such an interest in Schapelle? Why Schapelle and not Renae Lawrence? Why Schapelle and not Scott Rush?

She’s white, she’s pretty-ish, she’s female. All vital for the visual medium of TV. Equally, I daresay Bangkok Hilton still holds a place in the Australian imaginary. (Thailand, Indonesia, same thing, same thing).

My suspicion, however, is that it’s really all about Schapelle. That it’s Schapelle not just because she’s white, not just because she’s got those big and bewildered blue eyes, but because she’s an Australian caricature. A caricature that’s loved and loathed in equal measure.

Lots of Australia go to Bali for holidays, for hair braiding, for cheap Singha. These are the folks whose voices slice through Ngurah Rai like the proverbial hot knife through butter. These are the Australians who, apparently, are widely loathed abroad for sounding just like Steve Irwin, for donning vast quantities of Southern Cross apparel, for their tendency to Oi-Oi-Oi in packs.

We know this image. And for some, rather than it being a source of cringing or embarrassment, it’s simply one of familiarity; I had a boogie board bag the last time I went to Kuta, it could have been me! For many, Schapelle is recognised simply, and sadly, as just a tragically unlucky white girl, treated harshly by those Muslims with their incomprehensible legal system and the sketchy lawmakers.

Schapelle, however, caters to a whole other market too. Let us not forget that that Garuda flight full of Aussies are enduringly the butt of jokes and vitriol. Here’s Schapelle with her Bold and the Beautiful name and her bogan fish-and-chip shop family. Perhaps calling it schadenfreude is a step too far, but her consideration as a sympathetic figure is far from universal. To many, in fact, Schapelle’s just the ocker, the Aussie chav. She’s the fool – perhaps a sweetly naïve one – who got caught doing a really stupid thing in a country renowned for a zero tolerance drug police. She’s the idiot who let her less-than-savvy family make the whole thing worse by letting them front the press.

Schapelle’s release is imminent. The telemovie airs next week. There’s a couple more years before she’s allowed back on our shores, and thus inevitably many news bulletins to come documenting her parole under Mercedes’ wing. Probably not as gruelling as being locked up in Kerobokan, but let’s not pretend this hasn’t been a long road for us too.

Dr Lauren Rosewarne is a senior lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. View her full profile here.

Schapelle Corby should be sent home to Australia as soon as possible, says Bill Shorten

Latika Bourke

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says Schapelle Corby should be sent home to Australia “as soon as possible”.

The former Gold Coast beauty student was jailed in Bali in 2005 after authorities found 4.1 kilograms of marijuana in her boogie board bag at Denpasar airport the year before.

Corby will know tomorrow if she will be released from the Indonesian jail where she has spent the last nine years.

Asked whether Corby should be allowed to profit from her story if she is granted parole, as is being speculated, Mr Shorten defended the Australian.

“I think that Schapelle Corby – I would like to see her come back to Australia,” he said.

However, he says he is not fully across the details of her case.

“I don’t know all the ins and outs of what she has done and hasn’t done, but what I do know is that she has spent a long time in an Indonesian jail,” he said.

“Again, without taking sides about the merits of her case, I would like to see that woman back in Australia as soon as possible and that’s what matters to me.”

When pressed again about whether or not Corby should make money from her story, Mr Shorten defended her against the speculation.

“Before we start getting into a debate about whether or not she should profit about her story, she’s been locked up in an Indonesian jail for a very long time,” he said.

“If people think that’s somehow some clever strategy for her to get a windfall gain now, I don’t think anyone else would be about repeating that.

“So I’m not about to start kicking her, I think the issue is, whatever has happened in the merits of her case, I’d like to see her come home.”

Prime Minister Tony Abbott yesterday responded to reports of Corby’s parole decision, saying it was “ultimately a matter for the Indonesian justice system”.

“Generally speaking, the less said about consular cases the better, so let’s see what the system produces,” he said.

Schapelle Corby Pictures

Schapelle Corby Pictures

Schapelle Corby: Drug claims, media circus and the family saga that gripped a nation

Updated 19 minutes ago

In October 2004, aspiring Gold Coast beautician Schapelle Corby was arrested in Bali after the discovery of marijuana in her bodyboard bag.

She proclaimed her innocence, saying the drugs weren’t hers.

Seven months later, in May 2005, the 27-year-old was convicted of trying to smuggle marijuana into Indonesia. She was jailed for 20 years.

Perhaps not since Lindy Chamberlain has a legal saga gripped Australia like Schapelle Corby’s arrest and conviction.

It began on October 8 2004, when an overseas holiday adventure turned disastrously bad.

Schapelle Corby flew into Bali with friends and family.

But Bali Customs officials found more than four kilograms of marijuana in her bodyboard bag.

Corby claimed to be innocent, saying the drugs were planted.

“I didn’t put it there. I didn’t know what it contained,” she later testified in court.

Emotive trial became a media circus as family stole the show

In Indonesia it was just another drugs case, but a young Queenslander in desperate need in a foreign land captivated Australia’s media and public.

At one stage as she was led into court surrounded by police and media she pleaded: “Help me! Help me Australia!”.

Was she the unwitting victim of a drug-trafficking ring, perhaps involving crooked Australian Customs officers?

Corby told the media: “I shouldn’t be here. So I’m just trying to be strong and I’m just lucky that I’ve got really good family and friends to help me get through.”

Australian talkback radio went into meltdown.

Then-prime minister John Howard said: “We will do everything that we are properly and reasonably asked to do to see that any relevant evidence is presented.”

But seven months after the drugs were discovered, and after a highly charged defence, a court found her guilty.

Her mother Rosleigh Rose screamed in court: “Schapelle you will come home! Our government will bring you home!”

Outside, her sister Mercedes Corby could barely restrain herself, screaming: “I don’t even know why we had a bloody trial! They didn’t take any of our witnesses into account!”.

Cousin dished dirt on father’s alleged drug dealing

In the years since then, appeals and legal manoeuvring failed to free Corby, but her sentence has been progressively reduced, partly because of her increasingly erratic behaviour, self-confessed depression, and a stint in hospital.

Her father Michael Corby senior died of cancer, but allegations have emerged that he had been involved in trading marijuana for decades.

In 2008 Andrew Trembath, one of Michael Corby’s cousins, spoke to Lateline.

“Honestly, I don’t think Schapelle would have known any different, you know, because she would have been around drugs all her life, ” Mr Trembath said.

“Michael used to be in and out of trouble with dope and, you know, over the years I can remember some hell of a big blues with his parents.”

Mr Trembath said Corby senior was not just a small-time dealer, but was involved in moving large amounts of marijuana throughout northern Queensland.

“I was in the Kooyong Hotel [in Mackay] having a few beers and Michael walked in,” he said.

“He approached me and we went and sat down and he said to me basically straight out, he said, ‘Do you want to earn 80 grand?’.

“I said, ’80 grand? What have I got to do, go and kill somebody for it?’. And he said, ‘No, no.’ He said, ‘Get you to take a boat up to see the bay and pick up a lot of marijuana and bring it back down to Mackay – and you’ll get 80 grand for it.’.

“Well at the time I thought, well, 80 grand, I could do with it, but if I got caught, 10 years in jail at eight grand a year when you got three little kids just didn’t sum up. So I refused.”

Nearly nine years have passed since Schapelle Corby was convicted. A successful defamation action, a book, and media deals have possibly made her family hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions.

But the woman at the centre of the legal and media maelstrom, has remained in a Balinese prison – until now.