Indonesia’s Justice and Human Rights Minister Amir Syamsuddin has put the kibosh on efforts by Schapelle Corby to participate in a televised interview with Australia’s Channel 7 during her parole period in Bali.
As reported by Bali Daily (The Jakarta Post) and making clear that any such interview would be viewed as a violation of her parole, Syamsuddin warned: ““They [Corby’s family] need to understand that she is still a convict that has been granted parole. She surely knows the conditions attached to that status, and I think she should avoid doing anything that may cause uneasiness or social jealousy.”
Various Australian press reports have alleged that Corby has been offered between AU$500,000 and AU$2 million by Channel 7 to submit to an interview.
Schapelle’s Indonesian brother-in-law, Wayan Widyartha, has been busily lobbying the Indonesian government to permit the interview to go ahead, including writing to Amir Syamsuddin.
Among the Minister’s concern is that a televised interview with Schapelle Corby might cause widespread discontent in the community fueled on suspicions, denied by Corby’s family, that she was being paid generously for granting an interview.
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