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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Shapelle Corby Gets 20 Years

Guilty Corby gets 20 years' jail
By Kate Meikle
May 27, 2005

Schapelle Corby
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SCHAPELLE Corby has been found guilty of importing drugs into Indonesia and sentenced to 20 years prison.
Scenes of pandemonium broke out in the courtroom after the sentence was handed down with Corby's family shouting "Schapelle is innocent".

Corby then appeared to turn to her mother and mouth the words: 'It's okay mum".

The judges said they accepted the evidence of police and customs officials that Corby admitted to owning the drugs, despite her denials.

"The defendant has been proven legally and convincingly guilty" a translator quoted the judges as saying on Sky News.

"We've found that drugs were imported into Indonesia. Importation is illegal in Indonesia and it occurred at Ngurah Rai airport in Denpasar. This occurred without a licence or any permit to do so. It may not be done by anyone."

"She has been unrepentant to this. It is found the defendant is responsible for the narcotics and this should be considered when handing down the judgement."

Corby's family immediately made a plea to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to release her.

Citing the help provided by Australia during the recent tsunami disaster, her brother said: "For a friendship to grow there must be giving among friends.

"All Australia is the you give Schapelle back to us"

Corby's financial backer Ron Bakir refused to accept the verdict and said the team would appeal the decision.


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