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


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.

Police investigate into transgender woman’s killing by chef Marcus Volke

This terrible murder-suicide only gets more bizzare and disturbing, as police continue to investigate how it unfolded. It appears Volke killed and dismembered his shemale partner and was attempting to dispose of the remains by cooking the parts up. The apartment block had been reeking for days when police eventually were called to investigate.

Double life of a killer husband: ‘Chef’ who murdered transgender wife was really a male prostitute who hid job in brothel from family and worked under the name ‘Heath XL’

  • Husband Marcus Volke was secretly working as a male prostitute
  • He killed and then dismembered his transgender wife on Saturday night
  • The remains of Mayang Prasetyo were found in a Brisbane apartment
  • Volke is believed to have murdered then dismembered the 27-year-old
  • Media have previously reported Volke was a chef who worked on cruises
  • But a friend of the couple said the 28-year-old was a male prostitute
  • Volke and Ms Prasetyo met in 2009 while working at a Melbourne brothel 
  • Ms Prasetyo is known as Febri Andriansyah, according to her Indonesia passport

The man who is believed to have killed then dismembered his transgender wife in an horrific murder-suicide in a Brisbane apartment was secretly working as a male prostitute, it has emerged.

Friends revealed the truth about Marcus Volke’s double life and also criticised a Brisbane newspaper for its portrayal of victim Mayang Prasetyo.

Interior designer Alex Devantier, who knew the couple well, told Daily Mail Australia Volke had never worked as a chef but used it as a cover story to avoid telling his family and close friends the truth about his life as Heath the male prostitute.

Friends have revealed Marcus Volke (pictured here with Mayang Prasetyo) was a male prostitute, not a chef as previously reported

Friends have revealed Marcus Volke (pictured here with Mayang Prasetyo) was a male prostitute, not a chef as previously reported

Mayang Prasetyo was found dismembered in a Brisbane apartment she shared with her husband on Saturday

Parts of Ms Prasetyo's body were found strewn across the couple's new Teneriffe apartment

Parts of Ms Prasetyo’s body were found strewn across the couple’s new Teneriffe apartment

Ms Prasetyo, 27, was described as ‘happy, cheerful person’ and an ‘angel’ by friends.

Mr Devantier said that the front page headline featuring the term ‘shemale’ was extremely offensive to both her and the transgender community.

He asked The Courier Mail to donate profits from Tuesday’s edition to the Gender Centre – a not-for-profit which raises awareness of transgender issues – and Ms Prasetyo’s family.

Three days ago, parts of Ms Prasetyo’s body were found strewn across the couple’s Teneriffe apartment in Brisbane’s inner-city, with some cooking in chemicals on a stove.

Police arrived at the couple’s home after receiving reports from neighbours about a bad smell coming from the Commercial Road apartment on Saturday night, just weeks after they had moved to the Queensland capital.

Volke fled the scene and was later found in an industrial bin with his throat cut in nearby Dath Street.

It has also been revealed Ms Prasetyo travelled as a man named Febri Andriansyah on an Indonesian passport.

He advertised himself as a 'young sexy Australian boy, very friendly and easy going, discreet and professional'

Marcus Peter Volke, 28, slit his own throat as he fled the Brisbane apartment where he is believed to have dismembered his Indonesian wife

Marcus Volke’s emergency electrician call released

The 27-year-old was known as Febri Andriansyah, according to her Indonesian passport

The 27-year-old was known as Febri Andriansyah, according to her Indonesian passport

Interior designer Alex Devantier said Volke and Ms Prasetyo married in Europe in August 2013 

Interior designer Alex Devantier said Volke and Ms Prasetyo married in Europe in August 2013 

Volke and Ms Prasetyo met in 2009 while working at Melbourne brothel Pleasure Dome

‘They were leading double lives because of the lives they were leading,’ Mr Devantier said.

‘Marcus wouldn’t even tell his closest friends of the life he was leading.

‘They lied to their families, so their families didn’t realise what they were actually doing.’

In an online advertisement under the name Heath XL, Volke describes himself as a ‘young sexy Australian boy, very friendly and easy going’.

The ad went onto to say: ‘I can be your companion for an hour or as long as u want, for a dinner, a hot session, holidays or more’.

But Mr Devantier - who was close to the couple - has revealed Volke was a male prostitute

But Mr Devantier – who was close to the couple – has revealed Volke was a male prostitute

He worked under the name Heath and was registered as a private escort in Melbourne 

He worked under the name Heath and was registered as a private escort in Melbourne 

Mr Devantier met Volke and Ms Prasetyo – who were married in Europe in August 2013 – four years ago in Melbourne and introduced them.

He said the pair worked at Melbourne brothel Pleasure Dome in 2009 and were employed there as escorts for about two months.

‘Mayang left the agency because she was so popular that all the other transsexuals hated her and that’s why she asked me to build her own website to get away from those who were jealous of her achievements,’ Mr Devantier said.

‘They both went into private escorting. I actually helped Marcus register as a private escort in Melbourne and then with his advertising.’

Mr Devantier, from Townsville, said he was in shock over the tragedy.

‘I still don’t believe he [Volke] did it. I can’t believe he did it. If he did do it, sometimes you can’t judge it, you can’t pick it,’ Mr Devantier said.

‘They were a loving and beautiful couple, and never a bad word from either of them about each other.

‘I looked after Mayang’s escort website and I was in communication with her all the time.

‘There was never any hostility towards each other.’

Queensland Police removed a toxic-labelled container on Monday, following the discovery of Ms Prasetyo's body parts found boiling in chemicals in a Brisbane apartment on Saturday night

Queensland Police removed a toxic-labelled container on Monday, following the discovery of Ms Prasetyo’s body parts found boiling in chemicals in a Brisbane apartment on Saturday night

Emergency services remove her body from the DoubleOne 3 Apartments in Commercial Road

Emergency services remove her body from the DoubleOne 3 Apartments in Commercial Road

Queensland Police made the grisly discovery of a woman's body parts just after 9pm on Saturday night

Queensland Police made the grisly discovery of a woman’s body parts just after 9pm on Saturday night

Officers have spent

Officers have spent Saturday night at the two crime scenes trying to find out what led to the tragedy

Mr Devantier and Ms Prasetyo’s other friends have called on The Courier Mail to donate its profits from Tuesday’s edition which labelled the transgender escort as a ‘shemale’.

When he saw the front page of the News Corp newspaper, Mr Devantier said he was disgusted.

He has asked for the donation to be made to the Gender Centre, which helps raise awareness of transgender, issues and Ms Prasetyo’s family back in Indonesia for her funeral costs.

‘We need to make the community aware of the difference between a post-op and pre-op transgender person, a transvestite, a cross dresser, et cetera,’ he said.

‘[Ms Prasetyo’s] family have just lost their sole source of income and money for putting the family’s second eldest and third eldest child – both girls – through high school and that was who she was to them, the breadwinner.’

Mr Devantier also urged people to a sign a petition asking for The Courier Mail to ‘publicly apologise for articles relating to Mayang Prasetyo’.

At the time of publication, the petition had amassed more than 15,000 signatures.

Mr Devantier said Ms Prasetyo – who was a pre-operation transsexual – was months away from becoming a woman anatomically.

‘She said she knew from 10 years old that she believed she was a woman and I believe she was not far from her goal – it would have been months,’ he said.

The grisly death is being treated as a murder-suicide after Volke fled the scene and was later found in an industrial bin with his throat cut

The grisly death is being treated as a murder-suicide after Volke fled the scene and was later found in an industrial bin with his throat cut

Ms Prasetyo's remains were found at an apartment on Commercial Road and Volke's body was found on Dath Street

Ms Prasetyo’s remains were found at an apartment on Commercial Road and Volke’s body was found on Dath Street

Tue 7 Oct 2014, 12:39pm

Detectives investigating the grisly murder of a transgender woman have returned to the Brisbane apartment where it is believed she was killed by her partner.

Police believe the Indonesian woman, Mayang Prasetyo, was killed and dismembered by her 27-year-old partner and chef Marcus Volke some time last week in the apartment in Commercial Road, Teneriffe.

Neighbours complained of a foul smell at the weekend and police were called.

When officers arrived at the apartment Volke fled through a rear glass door and leapt over a balcony, leaving a smear of blood on a fence.

Volke’s body was later found in an industrial bin where it is believed he took his own life.

When police returned to the couple’s apartment they found his partner’s remains.

Police would not confirm reports that Volke had been cooking a part of his girlfriend on a stove top when they arrived at the scene.

Investigators are also looking at security camera vision taken near the apartment complex to help shed light on the events of Saturday night.

Authorities were still trying to contact her next of kin and would not confirm her name.

It is believed Volke met Ms Prasetyo while working on international cruise ships.

‘No indication anything wrong’

On Monday the man’s mother, Dorothy Volke, said she had not met her son’s girlfriend.

Ms Volke said she had no indication anything was wrong with her son.

“I’m not sure what he was doing – last we knew he was working on boats,” she said.

She said she did not know what company he was working for.

“I don’t know, he jumped around,” she said.

Volke was originally from the regional Victorian city of Ballarat, where his funeral will be held.

Just a normal couple, neighbour says

Neighbours alerted the building’s manager to the stench on the ground floor on Saturday.

Courtney Reichart first noticed the smell on Wednesday when she returned home from work.

She said it had got worse each day and still remained.

“On Saturday when I came out for a walk, it made your eyes water, it made you want to be sick,” she said.

“The smell it was like as if somebody had put out some dog food or red meat and left it out for a few days.

“It makes you feel sick that that poor girl sat there for however many days and we’ve been walking past, living our lives and thinking ‘hmmm what’s that smell’, but you don’t put two and two together.

“You don’t think that a bad smell equals a murder.”

The apartment complex opened about two months ago, during which time Ms Reichart met the couple a number of times.

She said she had never heard arguments and the couple owned dogs.

“Just a normal couple,” she said, adding that the girlfriend was “gorgeous”.

“They seemed quite friendly.”

Volke critical of violence against women

Volke’s Facebook page revealed he was a vocal critic against those who committed violence against women and animals.

Less than a month ago he posted a link to a news article about a man who was bashed for standing up for a group of women who were being threatened.

He commended the man for being a “champion mate”.

In June he wanted offenders castrated when two Indian girls were hanged after being gang-raped.

Police have urged anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Brisbane deaths: Man found dead in bin after woman’s remains discovered at Teneriffe unit

Updated yesterday at 5:19pmMon 6 Oct 2014, 5:19pm

Teneriffe murder-suicide

Photo: A blood trail was left at the back of the apartment block and the man’s body was found inside a commercial rubbish bin in Dath Street. (ABC News: Dean Bilton)

A man was found dead in a bin a short time after fleeing from a unit where a woman’s remains were discovered, police said.

Detectives said the two deaths in the affluent Brisbane suburb of Teneriffe were being treated as a murder-suicide.

Officers went to the apartment building on Commercial Road at about 9:00pm on Saturday after neighbours reported a bad smell coming from a unit in the complex.

Police said when they knocked on the apartment door a man fled through a rear glass door and leapt over a balcony.

Blood stains were left on a fence where he jumped down to a laneway.

Officers later found his body inside a green commercial rubbish bin in Dath Street.

Meanwhile a woman’s body parts were found inside the apartment.

“Police attended to the units at 113 Commercial Road, Teneriffe, conducting a welfare check because management were concerned about the welfare of some occupants,” Detective Senior Sergeant Tom Armitt said.

“On attendance we’ve had cause to commence an investigation in relation to a murder-suicide.”

Nearby residents described a huge commotion as a large number of officers and dog squad units scoured the area.

Forensic experts have been carrying out examinations at both crime scenes.

Teneriffe has undergone major residential development in the past decade and attracts a large number of young professionals.

Neighbour heard ‘a commotion’

ABC journalist Dean Bilton, who lives nearby, said: “We told police we heard a commotion on Monday night.

“We think it was the apartment concerned. We weren’t sure whether it had been a party or an argument but it now seems like it might have been something more sinister.”

He said other people living in the building had noticed a bad smell for several weeks.

He also said he thought the man who lived in the apartment had two Bulldog puppies which had been heard barking loudly for much of the past week.

Courtney Reichart and her husband Alex, who also live in the building, said they noticed a smell in the basement last Sunday but that there had been an issue with sewerage pipes.

Ms Reichart said she had noticed a strong smell on the ground floor this morning.

“I’ve walked in and out of the building a couple of times this morning … and the smell is quite pungent, it smells like rotting meat,” she said.

“I think it’s just from when they [police] keep opening the door to have a look.

“It’s quite bad, I smelt it a couple of days ago but it just smelt like dog food – we’ve got animals in the building so you don’t really think of anything.

“And as Alex said we’ve had sewerage issues.”

Mr Reichart said they moved into the block about six weeks ago.

“It’s worrying, having seen that, especially with all the turnout of the police last night,” he said.

“When 10 police start heading into your building you think something’s happening here.”

Police scientific and forensic officers have been examining both the unit and the area where the man’s body was discovered.


Brisbane trans murder: Mayang Prasetyo killed and cooked by chef husband

 October 07, 2014 12:20PM

A WOMAN brutally murdered and cooked by her husband in their Brisbane apartment has been identified as a transsexual “high-class” prostitute whose sex work paid for her family’s education in Indonesia.

Parts of Mayang Prasetyo’s body were found strewn around the inner-city apartment she shared with husband Marcus Peter Volke, 28, who was found boiling her body parts in chemicals on a stove and slit his own throat after fleeing from police on Sunday.

The couple had only been in Brisbane a few months. Pic: Facebook.

The couple had only been in Brisbane a few months. Pic: Facebook. Source: Supplied


Friends said Marcus Peter Volke and Mayang Prasetyo seemed normal and happy. Pic: Faceboo

Friends said Marcus Peter Volke and Mayang Prasetyo seemed normal and happy. Pic: Facebook. Source: Facebook

Ms Prasetyo, a 27-year-old sex worker, was charging up to $500 an hour for her services as a “top high-class Asian shemale” the Courier Mail reported, but dreamt of one day transitioning to “complete womanhood” and becoming a mother.

She had married chef Peter Volke in 2013 after the pair met on a cruise ship, according to friends, and had moved with her husband to Brisbane.

The pair appeared to live comfortably in the modern Ternerrife apartment they had shared for three months.

Friends and family back in Indonesia are mourning the loss of “Febri”, as Ms Prasetyo is also known.

Pictures from an online prostitution site offering services from Mayang Prasetyo.

Pictures from an online prostitution site offering services from Mayang Prasetyo. Source: Supplied

Her mother, Nining Sukarni, told the Courier Mail her eldest child paid to “put the sisters through school”.

Ads reveal Ms Prasetyo charged from $200 to $500 for her services as an “international escort”.

“Better in real life. Pictures are always real. Real deal pre-op functional hot TS. With a great fit and hot body to enjoy,” one advertisement read.

Another advertisement posted by the transsexual while she was in London last year described her as ‘busty’ and ‘extra hot in bed’ with a ‘big banana’, the Daily Mail reports.

Friends of Ms Prasetyo have taken to Facebook to pay tribute to the “larger than life” woman, and have remembered her as a “beautiful angel”.

Mayang Prasetyo posted glamorous pictures on her Facebook page.

Mayang Prasetyo posted glamorous pictures on her Facebook page. Source: Facebook

A former lover of Ms Prasetyo said she was “a true leader and a brave and courageous being”.

“I knew I had met an awesome person and made a new friend that I would never wish to lose …,” Brad Whitehouse wrote.

“It breaks my heart that so many of her friends, particularly in Indonesia will be devastated, and of course her family whom she had the spirit of utmost protection and betterment for.”

In the same post, Whitehouse wrote of his friend’s dream of one day becoming a mum.

“Mayang lived as a female and wished to make that big step one day and establish into complete womanhood, adopt, be a mother and a successful businesswoman,” he said.

Tributes have also been paid online to the pair by friends who remember them as a “happy married couple”, and family of the pair have said they showed no signs of problems in their relationship in the weeks that led to both their deaths.

Marcus Peter Volke had no criminal or drug history, according to police.

Marcus Peter Volke had no criminal or drug history, according to police. Source: Facebook

Mr Volke was originally from Ballarat, and had met his wife while working on a cruise ship.

A school friend told his home town paper, the Courier, he was “a little different”.

“He was a good guy, he was a bit up and down, he could lose his temper like anyone can but for the most part he was just like anyone else. He was just one of the boys,” he said.

“He was always a little different. He wasn’t a happy-go-lucky guy like the rest of us — he was a bit dark.”

Volke’s mother, Dorothy, said she had spoken with her son just a week before and he seemed “normal”.

“He was happy and he was coming home for Christmas, everything was normal,” she told the Courier Mail.

“He’d been on a ship, going from one country to another. They hadn’t been in Brisbane for very long, only a few months. They were starting to get settled.”

Mrs Volke said that although her son seemed normal, she hadn’t seen him in around 18 months.

“We didn’t know what was going on,” she said.

He was also passionate about animal cruelty and fascinated by diet information.

He was also passionate about animal cruelty and fascinated by diet information. Source: No Source

Marcus Volke was outspoken about violence against women. Pic: Facebook.

Marcus Volke was outspoken about violence against women. Pic: Facebook. Source: No Source

Friends of Ms Prasetyo have since revealed they had concerns about her husband saying he came across “extremely cold”.

Neighbours have also reported fighting coming from the apartment and it has emerged Mr Volke attended a hospital late last week and told staff his partner cut him in a domestic incident, according to the Courier Mail.

It was reports of a sickening stench, which one neighbour likened to dog food, that led police to knock on the door of the pair’s apartment to find the grisly scene.

Marcus Peter Volke. Pic: Facebook.

Marcus Peter Volke. Pic: Facebook. Source: Facebook

Police discovered Mr Volke in the filthy apartment, cooking body parts over the stove. When the man fled he inflicted a fatal knife wound to his throat, and detectives are treating the incident as a murder suicide.

Investigations are continuing into the horrific ordeal, and delving into the life of the chef who had no criminal history.

Friends remembered the pair as a beautiful married couple. Pic: Facebook.

Friends remembered the pair as a beautiful married couple. Pic: Facebook. Source: Facebook

Blanket suppression order on corruption case biggest in History

WikiLeaks court document: Website publishes details of suppression order granted in June

Julian Assange has been holed up in Ecuador's embassy in London since June, 2012.

Photo: Julian Assange has been holed up in Ecuador’s embassy in London since June, 2012. (AFP: Carl Court)

The WikiLeaks website has published details of a suppression order granted last month ordering Australian media not to publish any details of a case.

The order prevents publication of any information about the case, including the names of some international figures and some of their relatives.

Fairfax quotes WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange defending the publication of the secret order despite the legal implications.

Mr Assange has told Fairfax it is completely egregious to block the public’s right to know and suppress the media, especially in cases of international corruption involving politicians and subsidiaries of a public organisation.

He says WikiLeaks will work to protect Australians’ right to know even when the Government tries to block it.

Mr Assange has been holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy for more than two years, after fleeing there in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning over sexual assault allegations, which he denies.

He believes the allegations are politically motivated and linked to WikiLeaks’ release of thousands of classified US documents.

Mr Assange has not been formally charged with any offences, but Britain has made it clear he will be arrested if he tries to leave the embassy.

He says WikiLeaks does not support one group or political party but rather supports those who act in an open and transparent manner.


Australia bans reporting of multi-nation corruption case involving Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam

Today, 29 July 2014, WikiLeaks releases an unprecedented Australian censorship order concerning a multi-million dollar corruption case explicitly naming the current and past heads of state of Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam, their relatives and other senior officials.

The super-injunction invokes “national security” grounds to prevent reporting about the case, by anyone, in order to “prevent damage to Australia’s international relations”. The court-issued gag order follows the secret 19 June 2014 indictment of seven senior executives from subsidiaries of Australia’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA).

The case concerns allegations of multi-million dollar inducements made by agents of the RBA subsidiaries Securency and Note Printing Australia in order to secure contracts for the supply of Australian-style polymer bank notes to the governments of Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and other countries.

The suppression order lists 17 individuals, including “any current or former Prime Minister of Malaysia”, “Truong Tan San, currently President of Vietnam”, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (also known as SBY), currently President of Indonesia (since 2004)”, “Megawati Sukarnoputri (also known as Mega), a former President of Indonesia (2001–2004) and current leader of the PDI-P political party” and 14 other senior officials and relatives from those countries, who specifically may not be named in connection with the corruption investigation.

The document also specifically bans the publication of the order itself as well as an affidavit affirmed last month by Australia’s representative to ASEAN Gillian Bird, who has just been appointed as Australia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

The gag order effectively blacks out the largest high-level corruption case in Australia and the region.

The last known blanket suppression order of this nature was granted in 1995 and concerned the joint US-Australian intelligence spying operation against the Chinese Embassy in Canberra.

WikiLeaks’ publisher Julian Assange said about the order:

“With this order, the worst in living memory, the Australian government is not just gagging the Australian press, it is blindfolding the Australian public. This is not simply a question of the Australian government failing to give this international corruption case the public scrutiny it is due. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop must explain why she is threatening every Australian with imprisonment in an attempt to cover up an embarrassing corruption scandal involving the Australian government.”

“The concept of ‘national security’ is not meant to serve as a blanket phrase to cover up serious corruption allegations involving government officials, in Australia or elsewhere. It is in the public interest for the press to be able to report on this case, which concerns the subsidiaries of the Australian central bank. Who is brokering our deals, and how are we brokering them as a nation? Corruption investigations and secret gag orders for ‘national security’ reasons are strange bedfellows. It is ironic that it took Tony Abbott to bring the worst of ‘Asian Values’ to Australia.”

Read the Australia-wide censorship order for corruption case involving Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam.

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

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


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.

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

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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.