Schapelle Corby Turns 34 in Indonesian Prison

Schapelle Corby turned 34 today at the Kerokoban Jail in Bali, Indonesia, where's she serving a 20 year sentence for importing 4 kilos of marijuana to Bali, a charge she has always denied. There's new evidence it may have been planted by an airport baggage handler. More here.

Schapelle has served 6 1/2 years. She is under consideration for clemency, as are two of the defendants in the Bali 9 case whose death sentences have been upheld, one just last week. Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd was in Indonesia this week and urged clemency for all of them. [More...]

All of our past coverage since 2005 is here. For more, see Women for Schapelle, Free Schapelle, Schapelle Corby: An Introduction and Artists for Schapelle.

You can write to her here:

Schapelle Corby
C/- LPM Kerobokan Jl.
Tangkuban Perahu
Kerobokan, Denpasar 80117

There are beautiful beaches all over the world. There's no reason to give your tourism dollars to a country that either kills drug offenders or imprisons them for decades.

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    For an Aussie? (none / 0) (#2)
    by Towanda on Sun Jul 10, 2011 at 08:58:09 PM EST
    I certainly hope something can be done, too, but I don't understand the standing of the U.S. in this.

    I do wonder whether Rudd, an Aussie, could do more.  He doesn't sound forceful in the link here, but diplomacy may be the reason.  He certainly has taken other important actions in his own country.

    I believe (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by nyjets on Sun Jul 10, 2011 at 10:09:04 PM EST
    I beleive that the US has zero standing in the case. It does not involve American citizens in any way. The case therefore is none of the business of the government.

    it provides American citizens with a good (none / 0) (#4)
    by Jeralyn on Mon Jul 11, 2011 at 12:37:17 AM EST
    reason not to visit Bali, and a means of imposing economic sanctions. (Similar to the call to boycott Arizona over their immigration law. Neither deserve our dollars.)

    Definitely (none / 0) (#6)
    by Towanda on Mon Jul 11, 2011 at 11:09:15 AM EST
    and I'm glad for that reason, too, that you update on this.

    Also, travelers ought to take care about medical care there and in some other countries.  A family member visiting Vietnam was given a pain med that turned out to be, basically, LSD! and suffered tragic (and very costly) complications for months afterward.  We hope that he is okay now.  But a   friend also had odd medical care in Indonesia.  


    I long for the day... (none / 0) (#5)
    by kdog on Mon Jul 11, 2011 at 10:11:01 AM EST
    Jeralyn tells us this woman is free...I can't believe it's been 6 1/2 years, what a travesty.

    Unfortunately the US, Australia, and virtually every country on earth has no moral leg to stand on, we all cage people for this reason unjustly, the guilty and the innocent alike of this particular non-crime.

    Not To Mention the Whole... (none / 0) (#7)
    by ScottW714 on Mon Jul 11, 2011 at 11:17:44 AM EST
    ... death penalty business.  Just last week my great state execusted a Mexican National.

    Our laws in a lot of cases mimic Bali's.  Pretty sure multiple kilos here would have her still in prison as well. I would like to think the court would have found a different verdict, but that's a crap shoot too.  But she is a white female...

    My point, even if she was an American, we have no standing, pretty hard to argue she doesn't deserve what she would have gotten here.  Seems like I just read in Oklahoma, one J can get you a year.


    We need look no further... (none / 0) (#8)
    by kdog on Mon Jul 11, 2011 at 01:05:06 PM EST
    than Jeralyn's post on the 2011 Southwest Border Drug War policy...pot meet kettle.

    This is Really One of Those... (none / 0) (#9)
    by ScottW714 on Mon Jul 11, 2011 at 03:08:27 PM EST
    ... stories I thought would blow over once the media left.  6.5 years, it makes me sad, though she would be out long ago.

    Yep... (none / 0) (#10)
    by kdog on Mon Jul 11, 2011 at 03:18:45 PM EST
    no shortage of that ultimate sadness...one of millions caged for no good reason, all over the world.

    But... (none / 0) (#11)
    by ScottW714 on Mon Jul 11, 2011 at 03:42:41 PM EST
    If it's illegal to use a pencil instead of a pen, people who use pencils know it's wrong, as stupid as the law it, it's still illegal and knowingly using a pencil leaves them exposed.

    But to be locked up for using a pencil when you never did, especially in a foreign land, it's just brutal.  And call me... whatever, when I see a woman locked up, for BS is seems even worse.


    But only a total sheep... (none / 0) (#12)
    by kdog on Mon Jul 11, 2011 at 03:49:54 PM EST
    would not use a pencil because a handful of legislative wizards decided to make said use illegal due to pressure from the pen lobby that helps fund their campaign.  Yeah, we know the law, but ya gotta live...it does not excuse the crime of kidnapping and wrongful imprisonment on the part of the state...cuz thats exactly what it is by any objective measure.

    Agreed 100% (none / 0) (#13)
    by ScottW714 on Mon Jul 11, 2011 at 09:49:04 PM EST
    I was being specific to this case.

    There's a lot I can't say in regards to my own use of pencils, from carpenters to drafting, I find there use much more compelling then pens.  One might even say there isn't a pencil, marker, or crayon I don't over indulge in routinely.  But for for the most part I comment at work and well... they like pens and I'm not one to push the envelope when it comes to my bi-weekly replenishing of funds.

    My point here is you are preaching to the choir, I know you know that, and at times I have to tell you, I am totally envious of the people who can be more upfront in the day to day discussions here.  For me, it's the once in a blue moon I login while not one the proverbial clock.

    Which is really the point I think you were making, I have to fear my own thoughts, or rather writing of thoughts on certain topics, not because I fear for my work, but it certainly could provide a future barrier.  I may be off, but I truly believe the weight of one off post, namely a pencil post, could outweigh way my decade plus of dedicated service.

    And that brings me back to my original point, I know how pencils are viewed, and as much as I think is a load of bull, I have enough sense to know in this life, sometimes you have to respect the un-respectable.  Not with all topics, but this is one where I feel the fight isn't worth the risk.

    That's not true of many other topis I do write about, just because I am a suit doesn't mean I think Corporate America needs choke chain, ditto for a lot of injustices, I will stand by those principles, because to me those are worth the risk.


    hearsay (none / 0) (#14)
    by diogenes on Mon Jul 11, 2011 at 09:59:40 PM EST
    It would somehow be a bit more convincing if the former boyfriend himself had made a sworn statement rather than a sworn statement from a woman saying "my former boyfriend told me ..."  Is he dead or something?