Supreme Judge: Corby Should Be Freed

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  • Schapelle Leigh Corby, 20-year convicted of marijuana smuggling in Bali. guardian.co.uk

    Schapelle Leigh Corby, 20-year convicted of marijuana smuggling in Bali. guardian.co.uk

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Supreme Judge Andi Ayyub Saleh said 'Bali Nine' convict Schapelle Leigh Corby should be released from all charges given the anomaly in that case. Ayyub said he was the one writing Corby's sentence reduction recommendation to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. "Not only she deserves early parole, she should be freed," he said.

    Ayyub said the case possesses several anomalies, including the chronology of marijuana discovery in Corby's bag. It was presumed as a mere police setup since Corby has never opened the bag since leaving Australia.

    "It is strange that she took four flights from Australia to Bali without getting caught for carrying marijuana," the supreme judge said. The marijuana has only been discovered when Corby took her fifth flight from Bali to Jakarta.

    Corby was shocked by the discovery, Ayyub said. "Even the Australian Police Chief sent a recommendation saying Corby is an educated and honored citizen with no prior record of crime, including narcotics," Ayyub said.

    Corby has received a total of 5-year sentence reduction from 2006 to 2011. She has been serving her time in Kerobokan Penitentiary, Bali, since October 9, 2004.

    FRANSISCO ROSARIANS