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Corby urges judges to free her DENPASAR - With her voice breaking, Schapelle Corby has made a last-ditch plea to three Indonesian judges to let her go free, claiming she was an innocent victim who had been punished enough.Before a packed Denpasar court decorated by her family and friends with yellow freedom ribbons, Corby denied any involvement with drugs and said her only crime had been to leave her luggage unlocked.

Schapelle Corby ... emotional appeal.
"My life at the moment is in your hands, but I would prefer it was in your hearts," the former Gold Coast student beautician told the judges, who must now decide whether she is guilty of trying to smuggle 4.1kg into Bali. "I would like to say to the prosecutors that I cannot admit to a crime I did not commit." With tears streaming down her face, Corby pleaded to head judge Linton Sirait for mercy. "I ask for you to show compassion, to find me innocent, to send me home."

Reading from a three-page, hand-written statement penned in her jail cell, Corby told Denpasar District Court she knew nothing of the drugs found in her body board bag as she passed through customs at Bali airport last October. "I swear that as God is my witness, I did not know that the marijuana was in my bag." Corby, who is facing a life sentence, claimed she had been the victim of lax security at Australian airports which have been exploited by domestic narcotics smuggling gangs. "My only mistake is not putting a lock on my luggage," she said.

Her plea, which came at the end of her defence team's final statement, was watched by family and around 20 Australian tourists who waved flags and carried banners demanding judges "free Corby" and saying "Corby did no wrong". The 27-year-old, speaking in English without a translation for judges, said she had never admitted owning the drugs. She also accused police of deliberately choosing not to fingerprint the evidence bags containing the pillow-size drug stash.

"I am not a person involved in drugs and am not a person who might become involved in drug smuggling operations," Corby said. "I love Bali and would never want to create problems for any of its people. "I believe the seven months which I have already been imprisoned is severe enough punishment for not placing locks on my luggage," she said. "My heart and my family is (sic) being painfully burdened by accusations and rumours about me, and I don't know how long I can survive all this," the anquished Corby said, before handing the head judge a copy of her speech.

"Please look to your God for guidance in your judgement of me, for God only speaks of justice." She ended her statement in Indonesian: "Saya tidak bersalah", or "I am not guilty". Corby's speech drew applause from supporters. A Perth man, Colin, who declined to give his last name, said he wanted to give Corby or her sister Mercedes an Australian flag to help boost her courage. "I'm an Aussie and I believe she's innocent," he told AAP. Others in the court wore yellow ribbons on their wrists, although judge Sirait ordered a banner hung in the court to be taken down.

Corby, wearing a lilac shirt and black slacks, earlier arrived in a police van and had to inhale from an asthma puffer before the trial began. Her sister Mercedes said she was suffering an allergy from cigarette smoke in her cell at Kerobokan Prison. Her defence team told the court the prosecutor, who was present to hear Corby, "had failed to do his duty and seek truth and justice", accusing him of proceeding "without mercy". Chief lawyer Lily Lubis said customs and police had refused to test the quality of the drugs or do fingerprints, and had wrongly asserted that the marijuana was high quality.

"Is there any justice for a defendant in this beloved country?" she asked. Corby hugged Lubis after the court was adjourned and said she feared she had not made a strong enough impression on judges to avoid a life sentence. "She was worried she was not good enough," Lubis said. Corby's Australian lawyer Robin Tampoe said the prosecutor would make a reply to the defence summation when the trial resumed next week.


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Bali Nine linked to major drug syndicate

Will the Indonesian government really take action against the syndicate(s) which have probably been active in Indonesia for quite some time? I can only hope they will.

The nine Australians arrested earlier will probably be charged with things that carry the death penalty, but extradiction is another issue...



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How on earth did she think she could bring this bag to Bali? Maybe her boyfriend gave her a 'pillow'?? Damn... pretty stupid if you ask me. Any doubt that she has been tricked is gone with me now. Of course I'm still an outside, but hey.. look at the size of that bag... Emoticon: Laugh out loud



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In Australia they have a different view on this all. She's innocent for sure, so they now want to boycott Bali. But I'm pretty sure they can't live without being/playing ignorant fools for a few days a year. Emoticon: Puh!



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Jeroen,
The verdict is out of all proportions and rediculous Emoticon: Nooo . So is the Australian p.o



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On 30-05-2005 14:31 Jantje wrote:
Jeroen,
The verdict is out of all proportions and rediculous Emoticon: Nooo . So is the Australian p.o


Do you think so because you are Dutch and know the local laws here (for you it should be 'there' Emoticon: Wink ? I'm kind of happy that they finally made some examples. She's lucky she's not executed for this, like in Singapore.

When I entered Indonesia last time there were big signs 'Drugs is death penalty'. Can it be more clear?



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But you probably also saw my reaction concerning the terrorist which gets away. That should not be related to one another of course, however it's highly odd that such things happen.

I can't make a 100% proper conclusion as well, but if you see the bag of drugs, I can make at least some conclusion for myself, right? For the rest I don't have a clue whether she is lieing or not, but the court thinks she is.



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Hi all Emoticon: semua

I wish the court all the wishdom they need all over the whole country from lovely Indonesia .
Drugs in your pocket ????? [last week in flight k.l.m / jkrt bandara from a.dam /jkrt post ]
Please dont start to cry...just accept the penalty ,no need to say
;so sorry or ;I didn,t know.
If you try to destroy human [ young] life ????? Emoticon: Angry .......Dead by hanging as soon as possible ,even here in China . permisi
Ronny / Beijing



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