Schapelle Corby, the Australian beautician sentenced to 20-years imprisonment in Bali for trying to import 4 kilograms of marijuana in 2004, may qualify for early release in 2014 after having served only 10 years of her 20-year sentence.
The Justice and Human Rights Minister has formally recommended to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono that Corby be granted clemency, according to an unnamed Justice Ministry officials quoted in the Jakarta Globe.
That recommendation has sat on the President’s desk for some months awaiting Yudhoyono’s signature. In the past, the Indonesian President has repeatedly stressed that he has no intention to extend mercy or grant clemency to anyone convicted of a drug offence.
Corby who has steadfastly denied any knowledge of the drugs found in her luggage, claims the drugs were mistakenly stowed in her checked luggage by drug smugglers working as baggage handlers at Australian airports.
Corby’s lawyers are defending their client’s request for clemency on the basis that Corby has become mentally deranged during her prolonged incarceration.
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