Friday, March 4, 2005

Corby lawyer pleads for Australian help

The lawyer for a Queensland woman facing drugs charges in Indonesia says it is not too late for Australian authorities to assist her defence.

Schapelle Corby, 27, is accused of carrying over four kilograms of marijuana into Bali and could be sentenced to death if she is found guilty.

Corby has denied any wrongdoing.

Her lawyer Vasu Rasiah hopes the Australian Government or airport staff can assist the defence before the hearing resumes in a fortnight.

"Is there anybody having an enquiry on this one? Are they doing anything? They might as well put the girl against the wall and shoot [her] themselves," he said.

Mr Rasiah says it is vital that airport staff from Sydney or Brisbane testify.

"We are hoping by some miracle, some experts from Australia will come and give some testimony," he said.

"I mean at least on airport authority, or baggage handlers union.

"The baggage handlers union [said] that Sydney Airport has no security.

"We want them to come and testify here."

Mr Rasiah says his client is extremely anxious.

"Some days she's good, some days she's bad, and some day's she's worse," he said.

"She can't understand why she's being held there and she's mystified why her country can't do anything."

The court yesterday heard from Alyth McComb, who was the Gold Coast woman's travelling companion, and an Indonesian professor who helped draft the country's drug enforcement laws.

Ms McComb told the court she saw only a boogie board and flippers inside Corby's boogie board bag as her friend packed for their holiday in Bali.

She said it was not until Ms Corby was being interrogated in the customs office at Denpasar Airport that she saw a plastic bag full of marijuana.

Ms Corby's younger brother and another friend also gave evidence, telling the court that Schapelle Corby never used nor sold drugs.

By In Solidarity 4 March 05


Chris Allen, took to the streets of Bali and found it possible to buy a smorgasbord of illegal narcotics from dealers.

Currently, 214 Australian citizens are languishing in prisons around the world. The majority of these having been convicted of drug-related crimes.

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