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Thu Feb 17 22:36:39 CST 2005
Corby attacks customs officers as protesters demand death penalty
Queensland beauty student Schapelle Corby branded Indonesian customs
officers "totally uneducated, totally unprofessional" in an emotional
outburst outside the court where she is facing the death penalty for
importing 4.1 kilograms of marijuana.
>From the cells at the back of the Denpasar Courthouse, Corby singled out
Bernardus Sutjipto, the senior officer at Denpasar airport, who was
questioned in court about why no fingerprints had been taken of the bag of
marijuana found in Corby's boogie board case in October.
"They are just totally uneducated, totally unprofessional," Corby called
"He does not even know his job and he's been working for 16 years. I would
not be on trial for my life if they had done their job properly."
Her attack on the customs officers came after about a dozen members of the
anti-narcotics group GRANAT carried signs into the court demanding the
death penalty for Corby, prompting an altercation outside the court with
her mother, Rosleigh Rose.
Ms Rose threw water at three of the demonstrators, one of whom carried a
sign portraying an axe head dripping blood, and complained no one was
trying to find out who had put the marijuana in her daughter's bag
sometime after it was loaded onto a plane in Brisbane.
"How much do you get paid to write those terrible signs?" she said. "Your
country is full of drugs; there are drugs everywhere. You cannot walk down
the street for drugs or little children. Now is that good? It's bad, very
bad, and you are standing there with a smile. You can tell you are not a
very good person," she called to one of those demonstrating.
During a 2-hour hearing, Corby bit her lip and fought back tears as a
translator helped her follow the evidence given by Mr Sutjipto who was at
the airport when she arrived with two friends and her stepbrother for a
short holiday last year.
Mr Sutjipto said he had not witnessed the X-ray of Corby's bag which had
first detected the "organic matter" and had not been present when the bag
was first opened and could not say if Corby had been there at that time.
Other customs and police officers have given evidence that Corby refused
to open the bag when asked and then admitted the marijuana was hers,
claims Corby has consistently denied.
Last week Corby asked the head judge, Linton Sirait, for access to any
closed circuit television footage from the airport which would confirm her
version of events, but the issue was not raised yesterday and a member of
Corby's legal team, Vasu Rasiah, said the matter would now be pursued in
two weeks when the trial resumes.
Corby's uncle, Shun Hatton, came from Darwin to offer support and to
criticise the Australian Government for not doing enough.
"I really can't understand why the Australian Government is not doing
more," he said.
He could not say what steps he wanted the Government to take, but said he
was sure that if it was the daughter of a politician much more would have
Under Indonesian law, marijuana is classified as a narcotic and penalties
for importing it are the same as for importing heroin.
Corby and her family say the pillow-sized bag of marijuana was not in the
boogie board bag when it was checked in at Brisbane airport.
The trial is expected to run at least another month.
(source: Sydney Morning Herald)
Corby's mum sprays activists
The mother of accused drug smuggler Schapelle Leigh Corby yesterday threw
water over Indonesian activists who were demanding the death penalty for
In a confrontation outside the Bali court where the 27-year-old Gold Coast
beauty school student is being tried, Rosleigh Rose turned to protesters
holding banners calling for Ms Corby's death, and shouted: "How much did
you get paid to write those terrible signs? You must be a bad person."
She then sprayed them with water from a bottle.
The activists, from Indonesia's national anti-drugs movement Granat,
arrived at Denpasar District Court carrying signs, one sporting an axe
dripping blood. "The Death Penalty for Those Who Bring Drugs to Bali", one
sign read, and "Quickly Execute Corby".
Tangerang District Court in Jakarta last week sentenced a Brazilian and an
Indian to death for importing drugs into Indonesia, much to the joy of
Ms Corby is accused of trying to take 4.1kg of marijuana into Bali in an
unlocked bodyboard bag, and she could conceivably face the death penalty
Ms Rose shouted at the Granat activists, saying the investigation was
incomplete. "No one seems to be trying to find out who put the bloody
stuff in the bag."
Ms Corby's uncle, Shaun Hatton, and school friend Evan Battershell, were
also in the court yesterday.
In a convergence of Australian interests in the Balinese judicial world,
Mr Battershell has found work on the 53m luxury boat owned by champion
sailor Christopher Packer, who will be sentenced in Denpasar District
Court today on charges of illegal weapons possession.
Mr Battershell, who has never worked on a boat before, admits to
seasickness. "I'm going to tough it out," he said, adding he hoped to be
on board for 12 months.
Mr Packer is likely to be sentenced to the time he has already served in
jail, allowing him to walk free today.
Mr Hatton said he had not seen his niece in court before, and found it
difficult. "It's just like a bad dream, you think it's going to be over,"
he said, adding he didn't understand why Australian authorities hadn't
been more active in Ms Corby's case.
"I just believe that if it was someone high in Australia, if it was any
politician's daughter, there would have been strings pulled to help."
After the hearing, Ms Corby cast doubt on the expertise of Customs
officers at Bali's Ngurah Rai airport where she was arrested. The officers
work for a department which Transparency International Indonesia yesterday
rated the most corrupt in Indonesia.
Asked if she wanted the Australian Government to intervene, she nodded.
"Please," she said.
(source: The Australian)
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