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.

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.


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46 thoughts on “Schapelle Corby released on Parole-$$$$$$$$$$$

  1. Yeah…..she got caught and the Indonesian Government found her guilty…..but let’s see how much the family (well, the $280,000 from her first book went to the brother in law) make out of this one……


  2. I dunno whether she was guilty or not , 9 years is long enough , though in jail for the crime. I have always thought the whole family quiet odd, especially the sister .


    • Hi Rick, it is a huge time, IF it were in Australia, but the laws of the land apply.She was a constant visitor to Bali, the airports are covered in signage about being caught with drugs. ( Each of those years in jail will equal about a 100,000 a year.She will pocket a million bucks in the next few months I reckon. The Oz media love this blue eyed criminal


        • The baggage Handler ? the dope was never meant for bali ? wrong bag maybe or didn’t get picked up off flight in to aus , her mother can’t be that bad she has stuck by her , not everyone has the privilege of having fantastic parents , it sure has some mysteries though robbo I think they sell clothes not positive though ,don’t all bali people sell clothes ?ha no sympathy for hard drug peddlers sorry !


      • blue eyed- not seen a psychopath up close? Look closer.

        Not much in the conditions of her parole.
        She has already breached parole but she is ALLOWED to flaunt the law?

        132 Interviewing and photographing prisoner etc.
        (1) A person must not–
        (a) interview a prisoner, or obtain a written or recorded
        statement from a prisoner, whether the prisoner is inside
        or outside a corrective services facility; or
        Prisoner, as defined in schedule 4, includes a prisoner released
        on parole.
        (b) photograph or attempt to photograph–
        (i) a prisoner inside a corrective services facility; or
        (ii) a part of a corrective services facility.
        Maximum penalty–100 penalty units or 2 years
        (2) A person does not commit an offence against subsection (1) if
        the person is–
        (a) for subsection (1)(a) or (b)(i)–the prisoner’s lawyer; or
        (b) an employee of a law enforcement agency; or
        (c) the ombudsman; or
        (d) a person who has the chief executive’s written approval
        to carry out the activity mentioned in the subsection.
        (3) In this section–
        photograph includes record or create a visual image other
        than by photography$3m-for-schapelle-exclusive


    • 9 years is far from long enough for a drug runner.
      Notice corbys socalled parole conditions?
      Nothing to do with she mustnt mix with crims, druggies, nothing to with she must nit smoke dope or drink or go to media etc.
      She is going to live with other druggies
      As was said she has been around drugs all her life. Its normal for her.
      Since when is a sex worker called a “beauty student”? This reeks of corrupt connections.
      How about kerry smith douglas joking about such a seriois matter?
      If it was you or me we would serve full term.
      What about Renae Lawrence?


  3. give her a break weather she did or didn’t she’s served a hell of a long time for a crime I think wasn’t her making. her scumbag brother was quick to pass it onto her at the airport. she was just a nieve kid not her fault she;s got a ferral family.i hope she’s strong enough to make a clean break from them


  4. I think she has shown a lot of courage ,guilty or not who cares it was pot not ice or some such shit ! renae i i hard drugs hey ,and scott hard drugs hey she deserves every cent she gets ,I think she was framed but it is immaterial now ! decriminalise hemp !


    • exactly right. a lot wouldn’t have survived what she had to do.9yrs for pot u’d need a mack truck load to do that long. here. .then again her poor excuse for a mother looks like she’s hit 1.their legalising hemp in the states state by state. I don’t know if I agree with it cos of the easy excess kids will have to it. but they have realised they have lost the battle of public opinion.


  5. Yes or she would have had to of raped or paedophiled 10 children or more to get that sentence it is a joke ! so is the pathetic Indonesian government ,and we give those clowns millions every year ! wtf ? if everyone had a hemp smoke once in their life they would realise why the biggest scam in history has taken place ,I really hope schapelle gets home soon , so it’s 4 years for murder via coward punch but life in another country for a few pounds of natural pot ?


    • Yep aus50 that’s their laws. If more see what happened to Corby or the others who are on death row then maybe they’ll steer away from doing this. People have short memories & then another generation of mules come up the ranks and this will happen time and again.


  6. One thing I never got with the whole weed in boogyboard bag was she took it there, and not from there to here. Would not weed be easier and cheaper to distribute in Bali from Bali?

    Also without having to go search does anyone recall what the sister and hubby do for a living in Bali (apart from suing magazines and publishers for six figures) (Mercedes has lived there for years, and is married to a local),pre sister getting busted even?


    • Yeah, the sister and brother in law own a surf shop (something….bikini….) anyway the money from her first book had to stay in Balinese hands, so the brother in law received it in his bank account……


  7. to the poster about no sympathy and not the bali9 for a start it was WEED not Heroin; ice or coke or any other hard drug. another thing; I believe it was planted;.;as nieve as she was only a clown would putt it in a boogie was there to be transferred complications..i’v lived in a SE ASIAN country for over 4yrs;so i.v got a pretty good idea about them. compulsive LIARS. even in department stores; ask them is this made in china they’ll say no say a tv ;u look at the back [made in china] cos they know CHINA makes rubbish; can’t help themselves. what idiot would take dope to bali pay say $8K in aus and get $2k for it there if ur lucky.the place is full of it it; don’t make sense.this case stinks to high heaven.those who want to condemn her read the evidence if u’v got a brain to work it out. so much doesn’t add up. I pity her having to live with that loud mouth sister or her ferral poor excuse for a mother.[dragon]


  8. Why is this whole Corby saga such a big deal! True she was dealt with by a very harsh panel of judges, sentenced to 20 years with a corrupt payout to reduce it to 9 years. That’s just the way justice sends out the message over there, to try and stop drug smuggling tourists competing with the local Balinese Drug Dealers. . Same in Mexico jails. One thing though The Judges that sentenced Schapelle Corby and the Bali Nine should come out to Australia and so the ropes of truth in sentencing! To the Australian Justices!………..Any Aussie stupid enough to Take or smuggle Marijuana or Hard drugs into Bali should know the take Drug Trafficking serious by their culture of corruption. Schapelle got a harsher sentence than one of the Bali Bombers. But their justice policy has always been to Lock any foreigners away for a long, long time. Look at the Bali nine. And so many other Aussies who have made the mistake of smuggling drugs into Bali, or Bangkok! The thing is any Drug , be it weed or Hard Drugs are ready available from the Balinese, they are crooks, but they don’t like foreigners or tourists dealing on there corrupt turf! Now that bloke who in Melbourne was caught with 25 Kilograms of pure high grade Cocaine. He should be made an example of, by our Aussie Judges. 20 Years non – parole with no minimum would be good for a start. Make the rich and famous who buy expensive Cocaine shit from these low- life dealers think twice about who they rub shoulders with, and that they could get busted to and have to serve long Bali style Prison sentences. Hard Drugs are flooding Australia. Its time we got tougher on the Drug Smugglers, Manufacturers and Dealers here! IF 25 Kilograms of Cocaine has been seized, imagine how much of this shit is coming in that is never detected by the Police?…………….No wonder Lebo Crims like Tony Mokbel and Simon Gittany and his Lebo Mates have so much money to splash around with all the other Aussie Drugy Crims and have such a ethnic presence in the Kings Cross and Gold Coast nightclub strip Drug Dens!…. How it should be in Australia as a deterrence to the Drug Lords!…….”.Da Da is Death”…….That’s how Thailand Deal with Drug Traffickers in the Bangkok Hilton. Remember the Aussies Barlow and Chambers, shot by firing squad, no mercy!


  9. My past has made an imprint in for my life today – yeah all illegal drugs are a f(^%ed up way for people to run from their issues – I know – I’ve been there and recovered. If you want to deal in that shit then be prepared for the consequences. There are other ways to make money and there are other ways to escape reality :) What I love about this blog….my opinion can be noted lol


  10. media scrum salivating at the prison gate for her release. She will be driven in a van with other paroles to the prosecutors office for more paperwork.

    I can see a tragic accident going to happen as all the paparazzi style fools rush down the little Bali roads trying to get photos…very dangerous. This is Princess Dianne type frenzy. For those at work etc, this is live on every TV channel for last 40 minutes staring at a door.
    Update released from jail

    Well covered up, maximising that first pay cheque


  11. 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.


  12. hey bobbo why r u jumping on the bandwagon and trying to crucify her?? she’s more than paid her dues;but sorry ur PERFECT ah ! the poor girl has been instulationalised its gunna take a long time to readjust, OK HYPICRITS


    • billxr6: No! She hasn’t ‘more than paid her dues’. She weazled out in less than a decade. Couldn’t and didn’t serve her sentence. Now she is treated like a hero? My God – just look at the clan. Nothing but deception all the way. She is ONLY a DRUG RUNNER.


  13. With both the SC story in the news and Daniel Morcombe – just goes to show how the two families conduct themselves in such situations!

    Any family from this camp willing to spread the message that drugs are not ok???!!! Hey Roseleigh – maybe some volunteer work to spread the message – I highly doubt it – all the family out for a buck!!!!


    • Spot on Chris…Wearing t-shirts with websites like some low level boxing promotion haha

      Tonight apparently Mercedes has issued a statement they are ALSO suing channel nine for defamation re that mediocre movie on Sunday night. (or for those massive teeth that the actress that portrayed her wore…hehe)

      They must have big mattresses to hide all the cash they collect!


      • Well said Robbo – Just amazing the difference in behaviour with the two families – look how much wonderful work the Morcombes have done. Look how the family based in Loganlea are behaving……….the public are all behind the Morcombes….


  14. After hearing Willesee last night one or the other party does not want each other…Channel 7 stars are banging heads with the suits over paying money to a crim….It is all happening….I hope the Balinese hubby of Merecedes kicks them all to the curb, she left him recently, no use anymore?


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