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Bizarre wish list hinders Corby JAKARTA - Schapelle Corby's chances of winning her appeal have slumped after the Federal Government was unable to meet a list of bizarre demands by her new defence team, headed by the bejewelled Indonesian lawyer, Hotman Paris Hutapea.

At the same time, the two Australian QCs offered by the Government to help Ms Corby without charge have been sidelined by her Indonesian advisers, leaving Mr Hutapea to front her defence along with a paid Jakarta starlet. Justice Minister Chris Ellison has responded to a series of letters from Ms Corby's Indonesian lawyers beginning with one to Prime Minister John Howard on June 8 from her team at the original trial.

Senator Ellison has informed Ms Corby's new legal team it is not possible to meet what is being described by Australian officials as an unreasonable wish list. Incredibly, that list included a demand for the Australian Government to immediately produce "the owner of the (4.1kg) of marijuana" found in Ms Corby's boogie board bag at Denpasar Airport, along with "the person who put the marijuana" in the former Gold Coast beauty student's luggage.

These requests, characterised by Australian officials as totally unrealistic, were contained in a letter sent to the Australian Government on June 10. This was followed on June 16 by another letter from Mr Hutapea in similar terms. Ms Corby's Indonesian lawyers also demand that: * The Government produce two Victorian jail inmates allegedly overheard by another inmate as saying the drugs were planted on Ms Corby. (The third inmate, John Patrick Ford, had already testified at Ms Corby's first trial. The Judges rejected his evidence as hearsay.)

* The Government produce the officer in charge of luggage check in at Brisbane airport and the officer in charge of CCTV cameras at Brisbane and Sydney airports, the Customs Chief from Brisbane Airport and the chiefs of baggage handling at Sydney and Brisbane airports. Senator Ellison responded but most of the demands had been made by Ms Corby's original legal team prior to her initial hearing.

"They were just repeating demands that they already knew could not be met," one senior Government source told The Sunday Telegraph. Senator Ellison informed Ms Corby's new Indonesia lawyers the Victorian jail inmates could not be sent to Bali without a formal request from the Indonesian Government under an international "mutual assistance" agreement.

Despite Mr Hutapea's reputation in Jakarta as a top flight lawyer, the Australian Government is concerned he apparently does not understand this basic fact of law.


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Posted in Drugs @ 19 June 2005 12:59 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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