Asia-Pacific

Feb 6, 2014

Schapelle slips the system, but faces a world of attention

Schapelle Corby is likely to be free within the next few days,but although her surrounds will be more comfortable, she will be under more scrutiny than ever.

Professor Damien Kingsbury

Crikey international affairs commentator

Short of a bureaucratic snafu, which is always possible, Australian convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby will be released on parole from Indonesia’s Kerobokan prison within days. She’s breaking new ground.

Parole is relatively uncommon in Indonesia, primarily because parolees have to be accepted back into the community in which they intend to reside. Many communities have been unwilling to accept convicted criminals, but Corby’s sister Mercedes and Balinese brother-in-law, Wayan Widyartha, appear to have secured support from their local community in central Kuta.

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3 thoughts on “Schapelle slips the system, but faces a world of attention

  1. Vincent O'Donnell

    What a boon for the Nine Network with the telemovie scheduled for Monday night. It is publicity you can’t buy.

    It will be interesting to see how Katherine Thompson’s screen play navigates the issues and still deliver good TV drama.

  2. AR

    Her sister (a Hindu convert) and b-in-law are deeply integrated & ensconced in the local community and it would be nice to hope they might form a barrier between her & the gutter press & tabloid TV.
    The Corby family has little reason to trust the 4th Estate given how they has been traduced & abused by hacks & reptiles.

  3. negativegearmiddleclasswelfarenow.com

    The telemovie is proof of establishment panic. Watch the online You Tube doco ‘Expendable’ for a more plausible account of the matter.
    Of course the timing of nine’s telemovie premiere with her release is mere coincidence – what does the Australian establishment take us for – idiots?

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