Free Schapelle Corby
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Update August 26 2013
She has repeated throughout her trauma, that she would rather DIE
than make the false confession both governments are so desperate for.
AUSTRALIA and INDONESIAN governments are CORRUPT
INNOCENT but given a 20 YEAR SENTENCE
So what ownership does the AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE take on this matter
after being found DRUG RACKETEERS and now the A.F.P. have ownership and management of our AIRPORTS, WAKE UP fellow AUSTRALIANS
they want her DEAD, just like those in the last 9 years close to her that have lost
their lives in trying to expose the truths to you, yes YOU!
SCHAPELLE CORBY is my HERO, a soldier of AUSTRALIA
she stands steadfast so when the truths be known, we are also set free!
A WARRIOR of TRUTH – fellow AUSTRALIANS – she is INNOCENT
she could ALREADY have been home if she pleaded GUILTY! swallow that thought
and you still trust MAINSTREAM MEDIA who brain washed you about this and the BALI BOMBINGS, other Australians lost their lives there too that had C.I.A. LINKS + Bush Administration connections
international investigative journalists got gagged as well
we have been FOOLED TWICE but NO MOREAbove all… please don’t walk away. With her family, we really are all she has. There is no-one else.Thank you for caring for her.
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Schapelle Corby Video HQ http://schapellecorby.videohq.tv/
Burying The Truth: Burying Schapelle Corby
Many Australians saw Schapelle Corby’s human rights being trampled upon with their own eyes.
They saw the nature of the show trial for themselves: the refusal to test the drugs for country of origin, the refusal to fingerprint, the judge who had never acquitted anyone, and subsequently even the burning of the evidence so that it could never be used to free her.
They saw that her testimony and whole demeanor were clearly those of an innocent person, and in contrast they saw the shambolic pretence of judicial procedure in which evidence was simply an irritant and a deflection from the pre-ordained process.
They then saw a vengeful and barbaric sentence of 20 YEARS awarded. 20 years in conditions barely imaginable.
This was visible and open to all. The cat was out of the bag.
But for the Australian Government, their strategic relationship with Indonesia trumps Schapelle Corby’s human rights every time.
This was potentially disastrous for them. Enter the Australian media: ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), Seven Network, Nine Network, etc.
Enter the press: Fairfax Media Limited (SMH – Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, etc), News Corporation (The Australian, The Herald Sun, The Daily Telegraph, etc), and so on. Enter headline chasing, circulation seeking, cheque book journalism.
Enter towing the government line. Enter distortion and smear. Enter the hiding of the truth, which you SAW for yourself in 2004/5.
Meanwhile, Schapelle suffers.
She lies clinically depressed in her tiny cell, with others, day after day, week after week, year after year.
Along with the truth, she is being buried, not just by a corrupt and ruthless foreign regime, but by her own nation’s media.
This film provides an overview of the insidious media process.
It outlines the methodology used, and the approach adopted to influence YOUR perception: to make you forget the facts – the facts you saw with your own eyes.
Australia: open your eyes again.
Recall what you actually saw, and recall what you know.
See through the veneer which is being pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.
Differentiate the facts from the smear and innuendo which you have now been fed for years.
Someone’s life does actually depend upon it. NOTE The film was produced independently from the UK
(yes: concern at what has happened to Schapelle, and the shameful media campaign, is international).
Many months of detailed research and analysis were undertaken in making it. We won’t walk away…. will you?
The Expendable Project http://www.expendable.tv/
“Probably the most disturbing documentary you will ever see” Expendable The evidential proof of every abuse documented in this film is freely available on the website: www.Expendable.tv
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Schapelle Corby: an Introduction
People For Schapelle Corby
URGENT: Schapelle Corby Needs YOUR Help
http://schapellecorby.org Schapelle Corby is an innocent woman dying in an Indonesian prison cell whilst her government does nothing to help.
The Free Schapelle Network – It’s time for Schapelle to come home. It’s time for Schapelle to come home http://schapelle.ning.com
Free Schapelle www.schapelle.net
New York songbird’s lament for Schapelle
AN AMERICAN musician has gained notoriety after penning a political song about convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby.
Schapelle Corby – Innocent
Free Schapelle Corby from Bali –PetitionSpot
We are Citizens of Planet Earth demanding the release of Schapelle Leigh Corby held presently in the Balinese jail awaiting trial.
Schapelle Corby, dying in Bali Jail. Help Bring her Home! – The Petition Site
Expendable: The Political Sacrifice Of Schapelle Corby
How a government wilfully withheld vital evidence from a court of law, deceived its public, orchestrated an unprecedented media campaign, and ruthlessly deployed its organs of state against one of its own citizens.
This is a frightening but entirely true narrative; a grotesque political horror story which is still unfolding today.
It exposes what happens when an individual’s human rights conflict with strategic political need.
It reveals the ruthless use of a government’s organs of state, and a regime of unprecedented opinion management, against a single working class woman and her desperate family. It presents, and demonstrates, the crushing, pre-meditated, and often brutal acts which a western government is prepared to inflict upon a helpless citizen, in pursuit of political expediency.
Free Schapelle Corby
The Expendable Project exposes Government corruption, cover ups and lies at every level.
The Expendable Project is a team of professional researches from around the globe.
You will not believe what they’ve uncovered after three years of intensive research!
And they have the proof!
Schapelle Corby Verdict
Footage of the verdict in Schapelle Corby case, taken from HBO’s excellent documentary on the subject, “Ganja Queen.” Corby is an Australian woman who was convicted of smuggling marijuana from Australia to Indonesia in 2005, for which she received a 20 year sentence.
The Corby Scandal Part 1
Schapelle Corby was deliberately framed by the Bali Police to put an end to Australian interference in Indonesian domestic affairs.
The Corby Scandal Part 2
Having planted the drugs the Bali Police then tied the hands of Schapelle’s lawyers so that she was incapable of launching a defence.
The Corby Scandal Part 3
Government and the media.
Sex In The Desert – Eyes Wired Shut: For Schapelle Corby
Schapelle Corby an innocent young woman
Schapelle Leigh Corby was convicted and sentenced in Bali on 27 May 2005 by the Denpasar (Indonesia) District Court and currently serves her sentence in Kerobokan Prison, Bali for a crime she did not commit.
schapelle’s (nIghtmare) the untold story
Schapelle Corby Myths Busted
This film was created with the intention to debunk many of the major myths surrounding Schapelle Corby and her family.
Schapelle was wrongfully imprisoned for a crime she didn’t commit.
Evidence was destroyed, numerous laws were broken by the very people who have been sworn in to uphold them, and countless lies destroyed nearly every opportunity Schape lle had at securing a release.
Unfortunately, Schapelle received an unfair trial by the Indonesian legal system, the Australian Government, and the media.
The media released hearsay with no corroboration and didn’t care that she and her family would bare the brunt of these myths.
We may never know just how much all of these lies, by her very own countrymen, would affect the outcome of her trial.
Although, considering she received an unprecedented 20 years for an unjust imprisonment I would say the role the media played had a grave impact.
A big Thank You goes out to Direct Cinema Limited (www.directcinema.com) and the producers for approving the use of the video clips from the movie ‘Ganja Queen’.
Schapelle and the CCTV Part 1
W hen Guy Pilgrim and Roseleigh Rose made this film in early 2005 they never imagined that the Australian government was acting in the full knowledge that Schapelle was innocent and that the Indonesian court and the Bali Police were railroading an innocent Australian tourist to gain international ‘War on Drugs’ funding.
Therefore, the first story told to Guy four days after Schapelle’s arrest, that the Brisbane Airport CCTV footage was in good order, was the truth since at that time the Brisbane Airport staff did not know who Schapelle was nor did they realise how explosive the CCTV footage would become.
Schapelle and the CCTV Part 2
Guy Pilgrim and Rosleigh Rose continue to tell their story of how both the Australian government and the Indonesian court either vetoed, ignored or ‘lost’ any evidence that could prove Schapelle Corby’s innocence.
Schapelle Corby – The facts
Guy Pilgrim asks some of the questions that have been ignored, evaded and played down so as to make sure Schapelle Corby was viewed by the general public as guilty.
COrby: audio/visual Voice and vision on covering the Corby case
Journalist Tony Wilson tells the true story about the lies and deceit surrounding Schapelle Corby’s incaceration in a Bali prison an drug charges.
Tony not only looks at the holes in the case against Corby, but the deceit in the Australian media’s coverage of the case.
Now doubt this is back in the news again…
If you want to see Tony on NZ TV, have a look at this
His book is now also available from
or from Amazon.com, and will be available as en e-book very soon!
SBS News – India protests, Schapelle Corby (clips)
Schapelle Corby has had her 20-year sentence reduced SBS ONE.
Unforgiven Waves: For Schapelle Corby
Al Wilson’s wonderful and moving song tells the world of an injustice which stains humanity.
Schapelle Corby has suffered years upon years in a squalid third world cell for a crime she knew nothing about. Her own government sold her human rights, and her life, for political expediency.
Even now, when she is mentally ill, subject to terrible abuse, and with her life in serious danger… she is deserted.
The compelling artwork is by Erwin Verhoeven.
This is a story of shocking abuse of human rights, and political complicity at the expense of innocence.
It shames the governments of both Indonesia and Australian. For more information on Schapelle,
When You Tried To Tell The World… Song for Schapelle Corby
This is a remarkable song: powerful, full of passion, and telling it as it is.
It tells the terrible story of Schapelle Corby, the political game which has taken her life away from her, and the awful media campaign which has been running for years to hide it.
It exposes the truth. The song was written by Al Wilson, and is performed here by Holly Wilson.
It is an extraordinary song, sung by an amazing talant.
SCHAPELLE CORBY Schapelle Corby is illegally imprisoned in a squalid cell in Indonesia, having been sentenced to a shocking and brutal 20 YEARS in March 2005 for a crime she did not commit.
She suffered the most blatant of show trials: a trial in which evidence was simply an inconvenience, to be ignored and destroyed as quickly as possible.
She was charged with importing of 4kg of marijuana, which had appeared in her boogie bag when she landed in Bali.
Despite her desperate pleas, the so-called court: – refused to test the drugs for country of origin: if they were Indonesian, she would have to be freed – refused to fingerprint/DNA her bag – refused to view CCTV film from the airport – burned the evidence so it could never be used to free her – presumed guilt: she had to try to prove innocence from within a squalid cell – refused to let her question key witnesses in court (customs officers) – the list just goes on and on.
Even at the airport, they had illegally interrogated her for 9 hours, they attempted to trick her into signing a confession, and had even refused to weigh her bags: if they were 4kg heavier than when she left the drugs could not have been hers and again they would have had to release her.
To be certain, they appointed a ‘judge’ who had never acquitted anyone at all in 500 drug cases.
She just didn’t have any chance: she simply didn’t have a trial.
Despite the value of the marijuana being much lower than in Australia, to Indonesia Schapelle was a channel to war on drugs funding and a show case trial.
She had effectively become a political tool, with even the president commenting upon it, by urging the terrible sentence.
The Australian government? To them Schapelle was a problem for their key relationship with Indonesia.
That strategic relationship basically trumped Schapelle Corby’s human and legal rights.
They have therefore deserted her, and have allowed their media to subdue and manage public opinion on their behalf. But she isn’t a political tool, and isn’t dispensable!
She is a real person: an innocent woman who has had her life and her voice brutally taken away from her.
She is still there now, today, alone, suffering and struggling to survive each and every day.
She needs real people from around the world to help her and shout for her.
She needs YOU!
Schapelle Corby | Adele “To Make You Feel My Love”
My first attempt at making a video and just fell in love with this song when I heard it a few nights ago.
Couldn’t think of a nicer song to add to a collection of Schapelle Corby images. Hope someone likes it.
Poetry for Schapelle
CLOSED DOORS A prison door wrongfully closed behind her She has been searching for a key
She’s on her hands and knees among fallen leaves she is separated from her family tree along the injustice maze of yesterday
A blind has been unjustly drawn across the windows of her mind
She’s left standing while stranded in time Bewilderment to the unhealed wounds of shattered innocents overcomes her
She sees clemency as a sign of hope in the sun somewhere shining she can almost feel the suns rays upon her happier yesterdays a time long before the cold winds and rains ever came or blew her way
She knows not what she has done
She knows not what her crime
She pleads to the foreign authorities to let her go to set her free But ultimately it’s the president of an alien nation who holds the key
Fork Tongues and Toothless Dogs
Fork tongues and twisters speaking false words of manipulation to carve out someone Else’s future, I seen fork tongues walking on clouds of smog, I heard fork tongues whistling smoky tunes to martyrs, as dreams of hope and faith shattered across the universe time and space, I longed to see the day the smirk wiped of the fork tongues faces.
I seen fork tongues holding up fists of false grips,while they deliberately allowed issues and concerns to slip through their fingers, some called them watch dogs, I called them the toothless dogs of shame.
I seen the fork tongues as they kept the fires burning,never acknowledging them that they where hurting, they where all blinded by dollar notes and agendas in their eyes,some called them watch dogs, I called them the toothless dogs of shame.
It’s a slithery world feeding off a deceit,as fork tongue shepherds over look the masses of sheep, like listening to a stones hart beat,if you look into the eyes of the fork tongues you wont get any response.
Yes!!! their all fork tongues,their all toothless dogs of shame.
Yes!!! their all fork tongues,their all toothless dogs of shame.
Schapelle Corby Protest Reaches The United Nations
The global protest in support of imprisoned Australian Schapelle Corby arrived at the United Nations this morning.
Photographs of people demonstrating by holding “Free Schapelle” cards in cities throughout North America, Europe, Australasia and even the Middle East, were presented to UN representatives and officials.
Performing the delivery was Tara Hack, the indie-pop artist, whose “Saya Tidak Bersalah
(I’m Not Guilty)” has become a global anthem of support. Tara also presented a note, urging the UN to take up the case on behalf of Ms Corby.
Highlights from the protest are presented through the video for Tara Hack’s indie-song.
This can be viewed on the following web page: www.schapelle.net/un.html.
A selection of photographs of the protest can be seen on the same website.
Rachel James of the UK based Schapelle.Net web portal said: “We feel that the UN should embrace more than just international relations.
It should be available for real people who have suffered serious legal and human rights abuses.
It should intervene to help those who are suffering blatant injustice, even when their own governments let them down.
People from across the world are therefore urging them to use their office to address Schapelle Corby’s situation .
” She continued: “Schapelle Corby is enduring her fifth year of imprisonment in terrible conditions and remains in a desperate situation, yet in Australia the media’s focus has steadfastly avoided the human rights breaches of the trial, the political nature of the sentence, and her continued plight after all this time.
Meanwhile, the Australian government seems to have abandoned her.
We are therefore urging the international community to help address this disturbing tragedy.”
“Schapelle Corby is an innocent woman suffering and struggling hard on a daily basis just to survive.
She needs people across the world to help her, and she needs organizations like the UN to represent those people and act.
Even though it is such a distressing story, she desperately needs people who are reading this not to walk away but to lend their support, and become the voice which has been so cruelly taken from her.” Please don’t walk away…..
Shame of Nations (Schapelle Corby)
(Dedicated to Schapelle Corby) Seaweed Monsters
For Schapelle Corby: Be Brave – By Vanessa Lea and Road Train
[Mornings With Kerri-Anne 26.08.2009]
Women For Schapelle Corby
Women For Schapelle Corby: Kim Bax Interview
John Stewart vs Corby police certificates.
Fork Tongues & Toothless Dogs Of Shame:
Selling Schapelle Corby
The Ombudsman is presented as a watchdog: a body to investigate complaints about the actions
Al Wilson – Destination Paradise: For Schapelle Corby
Uploaded by FreeSchapelle on Sep 30, 2008
Al Wilson’s video performance of his own song, Destination Paradise, which outlines the terrible case of Schapelle Corby,
Tara Hack: The Wizard Down Under (For Schapelle Corby)
Tara Hack: Im Not Guilty. Free Schapelle Corby
Schapelle Corby’s Holiday Resort
Schapelle Corby may go home!!! Your Views??
Court recommends Corby’s sentence to be cut
Today Tonight Schapelle Corby Friend Interview Part 1
Hope For Corby
Schapelle Corby, The Truth.
She turned to him and said, simply, “Help Me! Help Me!”
She is condemned to a private hell which is hard to contemplate and which will probably end in death.”
Did Schapelle Corby deserve this, and does she deserve having to endure more of the same for the remainder of her sentence
(13 and a half years barring further reductions)? No! She is not a drug dealer, a drug smuggler, or a drug trafficker. She never was.
Everything you thought you knew about her, and her case, needs to be seriously re-evaluated.
Bad things really do happen to good people.
Please Sign the Care2 petition at:
Please join us at People For Schapelle on Facebook:
No matter how you decide to help Schapelle, please, DO NOT direct your anger towards the Indonesians, as this will NOT help her.
Schapelle’s Conditions and Life
18.104.22.168 Submitted on 2012/04/29 at 11:15 amThere is so much support for Schappel Corby. I wonder why people are so silent when it comes to the many other Australians railroaded abroad by corrupt officials who can presume the assistance of the Australian government no matter how spurious and irregular the cases they seek to prosecute?I will soon return voluntarily to Bali to face fabricated and vague criminal charges being prosecuted on the strength of bribes paid for by an Australian business adversary. He has admitted in writing to paying some $70,000 to various people including several people introduced to him as Jakarta police in return for their help to resolve his problems with me. Several of these people have given sworn affidavits that they were hired by this Australian to arrange my imprisonment by any available means and told by him to use the money to pay any Indonesian law enforcement officials willing to help. This was just the tip of the iceberg but bizarrely, it doesn’t seem to matter.In Australia it is a serious criminal offence for any Australian to bribe a foreign public official to obtain an illegitimate business advantage. But in this instance, why am I surprised that after two years of official indifference by the AFP, they have ruled out an investigation because, they assert, the “alleged” bribes paid by this man were not paid to obtain an illegitimate business advantage! Apparently bribing officials to corruptly imprison a business rival involves something other than an “illegitimate business advantage” and in the view of the AFP, that makes it okay.There is no evidence against me to support these fabricated charges. The allegations even if believed do not disclose a criminal offence. The prosecutor assigned to the case for two years repeatedly refused to prosecute the case having formally determined that there was no evidence and the allegations at best were a civil matter. For that he was threatened by his superior and transferred to another jurisdiction after the case against me was suddenly certified as ready for trial without his knowledge or consent. In the other jurisdiction, he was prosecuted for refusing to prosecute me and in due course fully vindicated but the case against me continues.What am I charged with? I am charged with fraud for allegedly failing to complete an order for goods after allegedly being paid $236,000. The problem is, I was never paid $236,000 by this man and never even discussed an order with him. I was paid a much, much lesser amount in connection with an agreement made by him to buy shares in my Indonesian company. Those payments were acknowledged by me and documented as having been paid for shares. He never disputed this until after making his fabricated police complaint with the help of local underworld case brokers some 10 months later. He has never disclosed to me or to police what goods he claims to have ordered at what price and in what quantities. He has never explained when and where this order was allegedly agreed. He has provided no evidence of any order related payments. He has not produced a contract, purchase order, email, letter of demand, proof of payment or any other document that even refers to any order. Conveniently, he claims it was all based on trust.While he actively pushes for my criminal prosecution in Bali, in related proceedings brought by me against him in the Supreme Court of NSW, he has for 7 months refused to file a defence and has formally disputed ever making his police complaint and allegation against me in Bali. In NSW, he disputes the authenticity of the very police documents signed by him in Bali which are the sole basis of my continuing criminal prosecution there. He is actively advancing my criminal prosecution in Indonesia on the sole strength of his improbable story and bribes, while in Australian proceedings he disputes having made his allegations against me in Bali. That is pure Kafka. And guess what? The Australian government, including the AFP, do not consider that they have any role whatsoever to play in this matter, except perhaps to assist the Indonesian government in my prosecution.Very soon I will be in Kerobokan prison with Schappele but as my “show trial” unfolds I doubt that it will raise a peep in the Australian press.
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Daniel J Towsey A Truth Soldier
22.214.171.124 Submitted on 2012/04/02 at 4:40 am
Rob Talbot commented on your post in The Australian Patriots Party. Rob Talbot 8:46pm Apr 1 2012
Mick Keelty & others have some serious Explaining to do … Disgraceful what it appears has been Done to Corby..
Daniel J Towsey A Truth Soldier
126.96.36.199 Submitted on 2012/02/15 at 5:05 am
Rosleigh Rose wants her camera!!!
Schapelle Corby’s mum wants her camera….give it to her or she will make Mercedes divorce you!!!!!
Daniel J Towsey A Truth Soldier
188.8.131.52 Submitted on 2012/02/15 at 4:52 am
R I P Justice
Uploaded by NosajVonSosaj on Jun 6, 2009
A heavy music song about the injustice that has been inflicted on Schapelle Corby from both the Indonesian government and Australian Governments and their media outlets. As well as being screwed over and used by various people. The song R.I.P. Justice has been written,composed,recorded and performed by myself.
Verse 1. An innocent Victim. Locked away.
For a crime. she didn’t commit.
Investigation. Only half complete.
Butcher the truth. destroy the proof.
Lock her away. Nothing more to say.
Never stood a chance against the Hanging Judge.
Evidence is not evidence.
Don’t bother me with evidence.
What happened in Australia is not evidence.
Here to Convict
Only here to convict.
No DNA test.
Verse 2. Let her rot. Let her waste away.
That is what the people say.
Evidence to clear. Access Denied.
Freedom and basic rights.
All but stripped away.
Must respect the courts decision.
Despite the courts lack of vision.
Verse 3. You make a fortune from her plight.
How can you say that this is right?
Lock her away nothing more to say.
Butcher the truth and destroy the proof.
Life and Death is just a game.
And you my friend have got no shame.
Daniel J Towsey A Truth Soldier
184.108.40.206 Submitted on 2012/02/15 at 4:38 am
Sex In The Desert – Eyes Wired Shut: For Schapelle Corby
This is a stunningly powerful rock anthem for Schapelle Corby by an outstanding band. Full of passion, it covers the injustice, the deception & corruption, and the sale of her human rights by a morally corrupt government. It could have been you or me.
Schapelle was sentenced 20 years in a hell hole in Indonesia in 2005 following the most horrific of show trials. They refused to test the marijuana for country origin, refused to DNA or fingerprint, refused to retrieve CCTV footage from the airport, and so much more. They then burned the evidence so it could never be used to free her. The judge was a rubber stamp: he had never acquitted anyone in 500 cases.
Her government deserted her, deciding to appease the Indonesians. Their strategic political relationship with Indonesia trumped her human rights. The Australian media, with a terrible reputation across the world, were then employed to cover their tracks – to hide the abuse and the truth from the public, and to smear her family.
She is still there now, in poor health, suffering day on day, week on week, year on year. She needs YOU.
Please don’t walk away…
To help Schapelle please visit http://www.schapelle.net
Daniel J Towsey A Truth Soldier
220.127.116.11 Submitted on 2012/02/15 at 4:25 am
What happened to Schapelle Corey?
Last updated: 17 June 2005
October 7th 2005
Schapelle is packing to go to Bali to celebrate Sister Mercedes birthday; her father Michael is present as she packs. A plastic strip is missing from the boogie board and Michael fixes the strip, and is present when the boogie board goes into the bag. Michael Corby states ‘She didn’t have the bloody things’ (drugs).
Schapelle leaves for mother Ros’ house picking up Richards on the way. The four traveling companions Katrina Richards, Ally McComb, James (Schapelles brother) stay the night at Ros’ so she can drive them to the airport.
The travelers wake, in the garage as they are about to leave Ally gave Schapelle a pair of flippers she had borrowed, McCombs, Richards and James all gave testimony that they seen Schapelle open the Boogie board bag and place the flippers inside. They all stated that the garage was brightly lit and the Yellow boogie board was the only item in the bag.
Closed circuit cameras observe Schapelle and her female companions checked in their luggage 3 suitcases and the boogie board bag at Brisbane airport. All the bags are weighed together and total 65 kgs. (This is crucial to the case, but Bali customs and police ignored this). Images recorded on the camera were deleted 25 days later, and the cameras were not working properly.
Flight leaves for Sydney.
Arrive at Sydney airport, change to International terminal where the group meets up with friend Jodie Powers who is catching a later flight to Bali to celebrate Mercedes Birthday.
Group leaves Sydney International airport for Bali, Schapelle tells Jodie they will see her at the pool at 5pm in Bali for a drink.
2.30pm Bali time (4.30 EST)
Plane arrives at Ngurah Rai Airport, Denpasar. The boogie bag is set aside from the other bags, which are on the carousel and as Schapelle is struggling with luggage, Ally asked James is asked to assist with the bags. James a weight lifter and rugby player claims he did not notice anything about the bag as he was just glad the plane hadn’t crashed.
Most people were getting their luggage checked. The customs officer asked James if it was his Boogie board, James said yes, but Schapelle said ‘No It’s mine’. Schapelle placed the boogie board bag on the counter and opened the zip. She noticed that the zip was done up in the middle of the bag, which she thought was strange as she always did the zip up to one side. Upon opening the bag Schapelle instantly seen something in the bag.
Inside the bag on top of the yellow boogie bag and under the flippers was 4.1 kilograms marijuana in two plastic bags, one inside the other, the size of a pillow case. The outer bag was a vacuum space bag.
James was taken to an interview room while Schapelle waited outside. James was ordered to remove the contents of the bag. Schapelle was bought into the room where the contents of the bag were on the floor, she was shocked. Schapelle admitted owning the bag, the boogie board and the flippers. She insisted she had no idea who owned the drugs and were they came from McComb was allowed to join them about 30 minutes later and was also shocked at what she seen in the interview room.
Katrina Richards called Mercedes, who spoke to a police officer. Mercedes then went to the airport, where custom officers were trying to get Schapelle to sign a statement. Mercedes warned her not to sign anything. Mercedes, Schapelle and McComb were insisting that custom officer’s stop handling the bag and take fingerprints. The officers said it was too late as it had been contaminated, the officials laughed at Mercedes.
Two hours after Corby was detained, customs were aware that there were four baggage tags in her name. The bags were only a few metres away, with Katrina Richards, who was anxiously guarding them. No attempt was made to search or weigh the bags, even though Corby demanded it. Later, when Corby had lawyers, it was too late. The bags had left the airport.
James and Schapelle were taken to a police cell were they were given fish and rice to eat, they were told to go to sleep.
References for this Information
The 7:30 Report 28/04/2005 *Interview with Schapelle & Michael Corby
Sixty Minutes November 14, 2004 *Interview with Schapelle & Ros Corby
The Bulletin 05/25/2005
The Sydney Morning Herald March 5, 2005 * Well worth the quick sign up form to read for more detailed information on the events that lead upto the arrival at Bali.
The Australian May 28, 2005
The Age March 5, 2005
ABC.net.au Sunday, 13 March 2005
The 7:30 Report 21/04/2005
Sydney Morning Herald (Click here for full story)
Holes in the argument
From the outset, the customs officers neglected four basic investigative procedures.
They handled the outside drug bag with unprotected hands, taking no precautions against contaminating the only item of evidence. They handled the bottom of the internal bag when they took out the marijuana.
First McComb and then Mercedes, when she got to the airport interview room, protested, demanding the bags be fingerprinted. They got the same reply. “Too late. Too many people have touched them.” Mercedes said she replied: “Well, stop it right now.” They laughed at her.
But Corby’s lawyer, Lily Sri Rahaya Lubis, and her assistant, Vasu Rasiah, insist that most of the bag that actually contained the drugs was still clean because it had not been removed from the external bag. Only the bottom of the internal bag had been handled.
The fingerprint evidence is basic and important. If Corby’s prints are on either bag, she is condemned. But if they are not, it is strong evidence for the defence, although not conclusive. Corby told the lawyers to press hard. “They won’t find my fingerprints,” she said.
In late December, almost three months after Corby’s arrest and after repeated requests to have the evidence fingerprinted, the lawyers confronted the director of the Bali narcotics bureau, Senior Commissioner Bambang Sugiarto, who was in charge of the investigation.
Sugiarto had the bags brought to his office in Lubis’s presence. “He confirmed the inside bag had not been removed. He said he would have it fingerprinted,” Lubis said. But still it was not done.
She says the bag remained uncontaminated when it went to the prosecutor with other evidence on January 6.
But that changed on February 3, when Corby made her second court appearance. In front of the three judges, the internal drug bag was taken out of the external bag and handled freely by a number of court officials, including customs officer Winata, prosecutor Wiswantanu and assistant judge I Gusti Lanang Dauh.
At the close of court that day, the frustrated defence lawyers made a formal application to have the bags fingerprinted. Chief Judge Linton Sirait said he would consider it. “There’s still plenty of time,” he said. Two court sittings later, the lawyers are still waiting for his decision. Even now, they insist, it is not too late.
A second basic procedure was overlooked at the airport. Two hours after Corby was detained, customs were aware that there were four baggage tags in her name. The bags were only a few metres away, with Katrina Richards, who was anxiously guarding them.
The moment Corby claimed that the marijuana had been put into boogie board bag during transit, the weight of the bags became crucial evidence. If the bags weighed 4.1 kilograms – the weight of the marijuana – more in Bali than they did in Brisbane when they were checked in, then she was telling the truth. If the weights were the same, she was lying.
No attempt was made to search or weigh the bags, even though Corby demanded it. Later, when Corby had lawyers, it was too late. The bags had left the airport. The prosecution made no mention of this or of the failure to take fingerprints.
The third overlooked procedure is even more basic. The customs area at Ngurah Rai Airport is monitored by closed circuit cameras, which observed Corby’s actions. They could corroborate or contradict her account. But the prosecutor said they were not checked. The defence has asked to see the tapes. The prosecutor said he would check to see if they were available.
There was a fourth failure. The X-ray machine that detected the marijuana is not equipped to take photographs. So no image was available to show the location of the marijuana in the boogie board bag before it got to customs.
The prosecution closed its case on February 17. It relies entirely on indisputable evidence that the marijuana was found in Corby’s boogie board bag and on the contested testimony of two customs officers and two police officers about her actions and responses.
Winata’s English-language proficiency was not established and will be challenged. Corby insists her responses were misunderstood. She says his English was not good and they had difficulty understanding each other. McComb, who also spoke to Winata that day, says the same.
What the defence team argued
(continued from above Sydney Morning Herald (Click here for full story)
Why, if Corby was smuggling the drugs into Bali, did she not take the basic precaution of putting a lock on her boogie board bag?
Why did she not take another obvious precaution and put the drugs behind the boogie board, which would have concealed them from anyone opening the bag? Instead, they were in front of the boogie board, visible the moment the bag was opened.
Why did she not try to conceal the contents of the plastic bags by giving them a protective wrapping? Instead, the marijuana is easily visible through clear plastic.
Why would anyone risk a death sentence smuggling marijuana from Australia to Bali, where it will sell for much less than they could get in Australia? This is not only the biggest marijuana importation into Bali intercepted by customs. It is the only one.
Where is the police evidence that Corby or any of her family had connections with drug traffickers? Bali police say they investigated her “network” in Bali – meaning Mercedes and her husband – but found nothing incriminating.
The Australian Federal Police confirm Corby has no criminal record. Queensland police have no intelligence to connect her to drugs. The wholesale price for good quality hydroponic marijuana in Brisbane is $4000 for half a kilogram. Where did a woman who works in a fish and chip shop get the money to buy 4.1kilograms?
The defence will argue that the marijuana was put in the boogie board bag in Brisbane by a corrupt employee with “airside” access, most likely for pick-up in Sydney, where the street price is $65,000, by another corrupt worker with access. But the pick-up was somehow missed – tight security, watchful baggage handlers, bad timing – and the marijuana travelled on to Bali. Or it is possible, the defence will argue, that the drugs were placed in the wrong bag on the wrong flight.
They will argue that the positioning of the marijuana in front of the boogie board indicates it was inserted in haste during transit.
They will argue that whoever planted the drugs was responsible for changing the zipper arrangement, zipping the bag from both sides, meeting in the middle. And that when customs opened and shut the boogie board bag, they carefully repeated this procedure to conceal their intrusion.
The problem is the defence can establish a lot of doubt but no absolute proof. From the outset, prosecutor Wiswantanu insisted that the only way he would accept that Corby was innocent was proof – visual or by weight – that the marijuana was not in the boogie board bag when she checked it in at Brisbane Airport. Or visual evidence of someone putting the drugs in the boogie board bag.
Any chance of getting that evidence has gone. The security camera tapes which might have helped – the prosecution as well as the defence – have been wiped. The luggage was not weighed in Bali.
Qantas says the tapes were wiped on November 2, two weeks before they received a letter from the lawyers officially requesting copies. After the letter, dated November 16, Qantas got forensic experts to see if any images could be recovered but this was not successful.
But Corby’s lawyers say their first request for the tapes was made on October 14, six days after Corby’s arrest, and was repeated a number of times.
The lawyers say that in the last week of October, the Qantas security official told them the tapes were going to be destroyed within a week. On October 28, they sent the security official an email, noting this, and requesting copies of the tapes before they were wiped. This did not happen.
Prosecutor Wiswantanu is demanding the death penalty. He has successfully prosecuted six foreigners for importing drugs. One of them got the death penalty. Corby is fighting for her life.
The Australian – Sian Powell – 21/05/05 (Click here for full story)
One of Corby’s chief lawyers, Erwin Siregar, asked the two police officer witnesses, Wayan Suwita and I Gusti Ngurah Bagus Astawa, why no fingerprints had been taken from the ziplock plastic sack inside the bodyboard bag. Suwita answered: “We knew it was marijuana, so it wasn’t necessary.” Siregar pointed out that the crime of drug smuggling potentially carried the death penalty and asked if that made a “perfect investigation” more important.
“It’s not my duty to answer that,” Suwita replied. “Ask my superior.” Astawa also said he did not know whether fingerprints were taken. “It’s not my field,” he explained. Asked whether fingerprints were necessary in Corby’s case, he replied, “No.”
Fingerprinting is not a common procedure in Indonesia, where the under-resourced police force is hard-pressed to deal with burgeoning crime.
The defence, though, submitted transcripts of television footage showing gloved police officers dealing with the nine Australians recently arrested for heroin smuggling in Bali. Why gloves for the Bali Nine and not for Schapelle, came the question from the defence.
A transcript of an Indonesian TV interview with Bali drug squad chief Bambang Sugiarto was also tendered to the court by the defence after the closing addresses. Sugiarto said Corby’s “condition” was only 50 per cent, apparently referring to shortcomings in the fingerprinting and videotaping elements of the investigation.
Countering the defence’s queries about the failure to fingerprint the plastic sack of marijuana, prosecutor Ni Wayan Sinaryati told the court it was unnecessary.
“In this case, the criminal perpetrator was caught red-handed by the Customs officers at the airport,” Sinaryati said.
The defence was also unable to prove the weight of Corby’s bag when she checked in at Brisbane airport, since all the bags were weighed together and police in Bali did not weigh all the bags for an overall comparison. Nor did Balinese police take up an AFP request to test the marijuana to determine its origin; there was no need, they said, they already had a case.
Photo’s of the bag (Copyright of their respective owners)
Below are photos of Schapelle’s boogie board bag found with the drugs in them.
How can you help?
The Corbys have received advice from their legal team and have asked for Schapelles supporters to cease all fundraising activities, donation collection, rallies and protests from this point on.
The bottom line is we need to respect this decision and understand that we must comply to help ensure both the safety of Schapelle and also the positive outcome of her appeal.
While it may seem that this is the end of road – it most certainly is not. There are still many things you can do to support Schapelle and show you believe she is innocent.
Email Prime Minister John Howard and express your concerns not only for Schapelle but for the slack security measures in place at airports in Australia:
You can write to your local Member of Parliament; and your Federal Member of Parliament to voice your support for her plight. Please always remember to be respectful when you make contact.
The contact email addressees for these members can be found here: http://www.aph.gov.au/house/members/Email.asp
You can also directly support Schapelle by sending your letters and cards to her. I advise against emailing as it is very difficult to get them to her.
Below is quoted from Kay Danes from Foreign Prisoner Support Service, advocating on behalf of the Corby family.
It would be helpful if all supporters would address their letters directly to Schapelle and not electronically or via Mercedes whom I spoke with last night [Sat 4 June 2005]. Whilst the family appreciate all the emails and letters, they simply cannot cope with the logistical aspects the influx of emails creates.
It is imperative that letters be respectful to both the Indonesian justice system and to the Kerobokan Prison authorities. It is good public relations and will help the rapport that Schapelle needs to establish with those detaining her. I would go so far as to include text “Thank you to the Kerobokan Staff for allowing me to send letters to Schapelle Corby”.
Letters and care packages can be sent to Schapelle:
Schapelle Corby C/- LPM Kerobokan
Jl. Tangkuban Perahu
80117 Bali, INDONESIA
I have been to Kerobokan prison on a number of occasions as both friend to Schapelle and FPSS advocate. I can confirm that mail and items do get through to the prisoners. Prisoners are called into a room where they are handed unopened mail. The prisoner is then invited to open the mail in front of the officers. In general, the prisoner receives everything that is sent, including money inside the envelope. But as a general process, prisoners may share some items as a show of good will to prison staff. This is common in post prisons around the world. Just be sure to itemize everything you send.
Foreign Prisoner Support Service would like to thank everyone for their continued support to Schapelle and consideration to the Corby Family’s request for privacy.
Daniel J Towsey A Truth Soldier
18.104.22.168 Submitted on 2012/02/15 at 4:20 am
EXPLOSIVE NEW BOOK “HOTEL KEROBOKAN” or “HOTEL K”
Daniel J Towsey A Truth Soldier
22.214.171.124 Submitted on 2012/02/15 at 4:16 am
Expendable: Sacrificing Humanity for Corruption in Australia
Schapelle Corby sits in a Bali jail so corrupt
officials can save face.
A unique and extraordinary film has been released this week, free of charge, on the internet, via simultaneous upload to networks in territories as diverse as Russia, India, the United States, Japan, China, Vietnam, France, South Africa, and Germany. It is a film, however, which will certainly have long term implications for the state of Australia.
‘Expendable’, produced under conditions of strict secrecy in the US, demonstrates a lengthy series of corrupt and criminal acts by Australian politicians, sanctioned collectively by an Australian government. These involve not only activities at ministerial level, but central roles for Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers, and a number of prominent corporations.
Demonstrate is the operative word, because these are not allegations. Every abuse of power covered in the film is supported by documented proof, usually in the form of cables and correspondence between government ministers. These were pre-published on the Expendable website for public scrutiny.
Further, collectively, the movie and supporting dossiers are currently being collated for submission to the United Nations, and the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
The ‘Expendable’ film documents the case of Schapelle Corby, a young Australian woman, who was sentenced to 20 years in an Indonesian prison in 2005, when 4.2kg of marijuana was found in her bag as she collected it on arrival in Bali.
The movie tracks the Australian government’s response, which included the willful withholding of vital primary evidence. This included the information that 5kg had been added to the weight of her bags after check-in, and that the offending bag was the only one not screened at Sydney airport, which she passed through on route.
The need to hide the systemic scale of post 9-11 corruption at Australian airports, including within the AFP, and the strategic policy of the appeasement of Indonesia, frame these, and a whole series of other acts of hostility against her.
The steps taken to cover this policy, post her trial, are equally appalling. The film shows, supported by indisputable government records, how public opinion was managed, how Schapelle Corby was deprived of funds for an extraordinary appeal, how the AFP’s role was hidden, how known abuses of her human rights were ignored, and how a range of other hostile activities were initiated.
From the blurb issued with the film itself: “It presents, and demonstrates, the crushing, pre-meditated, and often brutal acts which a western government is prepared to inflict upon a helpless citizen in pursuit of political expediency.”
THE AUSTRALIAN MEDIA
The lack of plurality of ownership of the Australian media is a point made early in the film segment covering the state-owned Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). The implications of this resonate to this day.
In Australia, dead men cannot sue, a device which, since the death of Schapelle Corby’s father, has been ruthlessly exploited by unethical publishers, to spin and re-spin wholly disproved smears. The ‘Expendable’ producers present several concise ‘insider’ interviews, which dramatically expose the shady world which operates under the banner of journalism.
Presenting such objectionable material is by no means limited to the ABC, with the press organs of Fairfax Media, for example, also being prominent.
It is within this climate that, since the Expendable Project began publishing government cables in September 2011, not a single column inch of coverage has been forthcoming in the Australian mainstream media.
Incredibly, authentic correspondence proving gross misconduct and a series of corrupt acts by an Australian government, has been blanked completely,whilst fabricated paid-for smears against a dead man have continued unabated.
News of the release of the film itself is likely to meet a similar fate, as is the involvement of the ICC, the UN, and other international agencies.
Schapelle Corby herself, enduring her eighth year in an Indonesian prison cell, is now mentally ill. At the end of last year, she attempted suicide, via a huge overdose of the drugs she is prescribed for her psychosis.
Even this, however, has proved to be insufficient for her government to negotiate her release, or for the Indonesians to demonstrate even a hint of mercy or compassion. It appears that, as the film states, “she is dying a slow torturous death, in squalor, devoid of human rights, and abandoned by her government.”
EXPENDABLE THE MOVIE
This film is a wake up call for any traveler, any individual who places trust in political leaders or governments, and any humanitarian who believes that human decency will always prevail.
It creates a new perspective of the nation state of Australia, and presents a stark warning of the dangers of an overly cozy press caucus.
It is a film you will not forget.
Visit http://www.Expendable.tv for the film’s sources and how you can help.
Daniel J Towsey A Truth Soldier
126.96.36.199 Submitted on 2012/02/15 at 4:01 am
Schapelle Corby Insane or faking it News Video
NZ Close Up Program. Schapelle Corby: Is she really insane, or is she faking it to get out of an Indonesian Prison ?
Daniel J Towsey A Truth Soldier
188.8.131.52 Submitted on 2012/02/15 at 2:53 am
Missing (Song for Schapelle Corby) – Steve Coffey & The Lokels
Uploaded by FreeSchapelle on Sep 8, 2009
This stunning track articulates the painful longing Schapelle Corby’s family must feel every day of every week, whilst Schapelle continues to suffer in the hell of an Indonesian prison.
Schapelle Corby, is an innocent who is barely surviving under the crushing weight of a political 20 year sentence for importing 4kg of marijuana, a crime she clearly did not commit. She was subjected to the most shocking of show trials, with evidence simply dismissed, ignored, and then incredibly, burned. She is now diagnosed mentally ill… she is dying.
Her government? They have deserted her for political convenience. Her human rights were sold for appeasement, and then the Australian media were used to cover the governments tracks.
Hopefully this song will help spread awareness of Schapelle’s terrible situation and plight. It will help Schapelle’s cries for justice to be heard, and her tears to be seen.
Please pass on this story, and this song and video to friends, family, and to anyone with compassion and love in their heart.
Please Don’t Walk Away… please help to save Schapelle.
For more information in Schapelle please visit: http://www.schapelle.net
Steve Coffey & The Lokels contributed this outstanding track in September 2009. Based in Alberta, Canada, the band is highly acclaimed with a loyal following, and produce distinctive but hugely powerful music. This track speaks for them loudly: it is beautiful.
Russ Baker- Bass; Electric; vocals
Dave Bauer- Bouzouki; Mandolin; Electric; Vocals
Steve Coffey- Acoustic Rhythm; Harmonica; lead vocal
Lance Loree- Pedal Steel; Electric; Dobro; Slide; Vocal
Toby Malloy- Mandolin, Vocal
Pat Phillips- Percussion; Vibes; Vocals
Matt Herne- Australian Banjo player (amongst other instruments)
Stu Mitchell- Drummer; guitar; piano
Steve Relf- acoustic; vocals
For more information and a copy of the MP3 see: