Parole Possible for Schapelle Corby After Sentence Cut
Indonesia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono granted Schapelle Corby clemency this week by cutting five years off her 20 year sentence. What does it mean? The latest her sentence will now end is September, 2017.
Kerobokan Prison Chief Gusti Ngurah Wiratna confirmed at a press conference yesterday Schapelle is eligible for parole starting Monday, since she has served 2/3 of her sentence. But, she's unlikely to be granted parole immediately, and there are other issues. [More...]
Even if granted parole, she must spend the next five years in Indonesia. (one year past the expiration of her term)
The Sydney Morning Herald reports with her previously granted remissions of 25 months (Christmas bonus cuts, etc.) her time served goes up to 10 years, five months and 17 days, which is more than 2/3 of her now 15 year sentence, so she is eligible for parole. The prison chief agrees she's eligible. But, while parole applications for Indonesian-born prisoners can take only a few months, those for foreign prisoners take longer.
Parole also requires a showing of remorse:
Under a 2007 Indonesian regulation, Corby must admit "regret" for her crime of importing 4.1 kilograms of cannabis in a bodyboard bag in 2004, and ''positive moral development'' - usually synonymous with an admission of guilt.
Prison chief Wiratna also said Corby has to be religious.
Mr Wiratna has told the ABC that Corby would need to be actively religious and he has never seen her praying during his time as Kerobokan's governor.
The ultimate decision on parole will be made by the Minister for Law and Human Rights.
President Yudhoyono did not explain why he cut Schapelle's sentence other to say it was on humanitarian grounds. Some experts say it may have been part of a deal with Australia, and point out Australia recently cut the sentences of some Indonesian human smugglers.
The chief justice of Indonesia's Constitutional Court blasted Yudhoyono for cutting Schapelle's sentence, saying drug traffickers are worse than terrorists.
“Drug crime is worse than corruption and terrorism. Drugs destroy life,” he said, adding that the president should take national security into account in making these decisions.
Here's a picture of the prison cell Schapelle shares with four other women.
Schapelle was convicted of bringing 4 kilos of marijuana into Indonesia. (All of our coverage since 2005 is accessible here.) She has always maintained her innocence. Free her now.
Until she's freed, I'm not lifting my boycott on Bali.
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