Schapelle Corby and
her lawyers were recently given an opportunity by the Appeal Court to call
more evidence to establish her innocence. They now say they need an adjournment
for two weeks. Here’s some of the
evidence an innocent person would (and should) collect over those two

  • Her
    Most people would not have the knowledge or contacts to be able to
    obtain such a large quantity of marijuana. She should give sworn (truthful)
    evidence that she has never used drugs, never associated with people who do and
    that she is completely opposed to drug use. Her friends and family should all
    give evidence that corroborates her.

  • Her family
    and friends.
    They should all give evidence that they didn’t own the drugs and
    that Schapelle was not being used to move drugs for them. In particular, the
    sister and her Indonesian husband should give evidence that they don’t use
    marijuana and that drugs were not destined for them, either as a gift or for

  • The board and
    What is the history of purchase? Who owned it? Had Corby ever used it? Had she ever taken it overseas before
    (and to Bali before)? Why did she need it in
    Bali? Do the sister and husband have easy
    access to similar boards?

  • Luggage
    Who packed her luggage prior to this trip? Who packed the board? Most
    importantly, who had access to the board? All her family and trip-friends should
    be called. Evidence should be led that when they saw the bag before check-in at
    Brisbane it was
    not “pregnant” – that is, there was obviously nothing packed in it. Who carried
    the bag at any time between packing and check-in? Did the weight and size seem

  • The airports.

    Subpoenas should be issued (either in Indonesia or within Australia) to
    obtain the airline records of rosters for the relevant baggage handlers at
    Brisbane and Sydney international airports. All these people need to be
    subpoenaed to give evidence so that the allegations can be put to
    them. Alternatively, her
    lawyers should request that the Australian Crime Commission investigate each of
    these handlers and call them in for compulsory evidence. It’s probably too late
    to get the airport videos – that should have been done on day
    one. In
    Indonesia, the baggage handlers and
    other staff with access to the baggage should be identified and interrogated.
    The backgrounds of the “lying” airport staff who gave evidence against her
    should be investigated.

  • The
    This should be tested in Australia to determine its

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