Bali May Return Schapelle Corby to Australia

This could be the best news I've read all day. Indonesia is about to agree to a prisoner exchange treaty with Australia that might allow Schapelle Corby to finish serving her 20 year jail sentence for importing 9 pounds of marijuana into Bali, a crime she denied committing, in her native Australia. Last May, Bali said a transfer would not be considered.

It's not a "go" yet. First, the transfer treaty would have to be retroactive and cover past offenses. It's not clear that it will. Second, Schapelle might prefer to do her time in Bali.

Family friend Tony Wilson has told ABC radio that Corby could prefer to stay in Bali where she can receive visitors twice a day -- a condition that apparently did not exist in Australia, he said. "A prisoner here in Queensland has very definite ways they spend their day. She's got a bit more degree of freedom about movement around the prison during the day time hours before the lock in at 4:30 in the afternoon," he told ABC Radio in Brisbane.

"So generally she's not happy to be where she is but she prefers what her lot is at present to the possibility of maximum security in Queensland,'' he said.

One other drawback:

The agreement does not allow for the home country of those who have been convicted to vary the original sentences they received in the other country.

However, Indonesia often cuts sentences while they are being served and perhaps she'd be eligible for the same cuts she might receive in Bali.

[Hat tip to Heretik]

TalkLeft's prior coverage of Schapelle's case.

  • October 12, 2005 - Schapelle Corby Sentence Reduced: Not Enough
  • August 13, 2005 - Indonesia to Cut Jail Sentences of Bali Bombers
  • August 3, 2005 - Schapelle Corby: Appeal Falters
  • July 25, 2005 - Schapelle Corby: Dealer Would Claim Pot if Immunized
  • July 9, 2005 - Schapelle Corby Turns 28 in Bali Jail
  • July 4, 2005 - Schapelle Corby to Get New Hearing
  • June 29, 2005 - Schapelle Corby Interview: She Won't Give Up the Fight
  • June 25, 2005 - Schapelle Corby Gets New Lawyers
  • June 14, 2005 - Schapelle Corby: Message From Family
  • June 8, 2005 - Australian Baggage Handler Arrested
  • June 4, 2005 - Indonesians March for Schapelle Corby to Die
  • June 2, 2005 - Indonesian Letter Harmless, Did not Mention Schapelle Corby
  • June 1, 2005 - Schapelle Corby Supporters Blamed for Embassy Bio Agent
  • May 29, 2005 - Schapelle Corby: Kerobokan Prison Conditions
  • May 27, 2005 - Life in an Indonesian Prison
  • May 27, 2005 - Boycott Bali
  • May 27, 2005 - Schapelle Corby - Guilty As Charged
  • May 26, 2005 - Judgment Day for Schapelle Corby
  • May 14, 2005 - Group Seeks Death Penalty for Schapelle Corby
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    Re: Bali May Return Schapelle Corby to Australia (none / 0) (#1)
    by Alan on Thu Jun 29, 2006 at 05:28:22 AM EST
    Some of the Bali Nine will benefit as well. More serously, the treaty draft does not apply to anyone serving a life term according to the ABC . Or, I do read nonDuke posts.

    Re: Bali May Return Schapelle Corby to Australia (none / 0) (#2)
    by Johnny on Thu Jun 29, 2006 at 07:02:08 AM EST
    I just realized that 9 pounds of pot is a lot of pot, volume wise. Last 1/4 oz I bought barely fit in a sandwich bag... Good for what's her name. Why don't we invade Bali and kill a bunch of brown people, send a message?

    Re: Bali May Return Schapelle Corby to Australia (none / 0) (#3)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Thu Jun 29, 2006 at 04:24:55 PM EST
    Nine pounds of pot isa suitcase, a Camaro trunk, circa 71-74 holds 5-6 55 lb gunny sacks of Yucatan Red loosely....now that is intent to sell. Nine pounds is personal stash for tha party. an besides I've never seen anyone become a heroin addict because they smoked pot. ahhhh, puff, puff........where was I........