Early release for Schapelle Corby?

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PLAYING NOW: Greg Barton, Indonesian Expert at Monash University, spoke to Justin Smith and Tom Elliott about the possibility of Schapelle Corby getting a reduction in her jail sentence.

UPDATE: Schapelle Corby's biographer says her mental health is deteriorating the longer she stays in a Balinese prison.

An Indonesian Supreme Court judge has recommended her sentence be significantly cut.

Corby's biographer Kathryn Bonella says it's clear she's suffering mentally.

REPORT: There are reports that the Indonesian President will consider a recommendation that Schapelle Corby's jail sentence be heavily reduced.

The Indonesian Supreme Court judge handed the letter of recommendation to the president after CORBY' lawyers pleaded that the 33-year-old is mentally ill.

Corby is five years into a her 20-year-sentence for drug smuggling.

86 comments so far

  • Please make it true, BUT it won't save her unless it is a pardon. I actually KNOW what state she is in. God help her. She has to be released urgently.

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    Laura Hart
    Date and time
    July 29, 2010, 9:44AM
    • PLEASE release Schapelle Corby early!!!!! Five years is long enough! Point proven!!!

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      Jennifer Bertrand
      Date and time
      July 29, 2010, 9:51AM
      • what a stupid thing for the indonesian government to do. release will only mean corby gets to write a book and make a lot of money out of a crime she and her family orchestrated in the illegal drug trade. how stupid will the indo government look releasing this trafficker. if she didn,t do it let her family member that did try to import them face the courts over there.as for mum saying she is going to have a baby in or out of prison well let her have it in there and later release the birth pics and the fathers name if she knows who it is then she can become a indo citizen and stay there forever as we don,t want her back here.
        poor chapelle thats what happens in asian countries ,try and traffic in drugs you ever end up dead or in jail for a long long time,maybe that should have been tattooed on your forehead so it would sink in and you would remember the fallout from attemping a stupid attempt from you or your family.so all i can say is enjoy your stay and hope its for a lot longer yet.

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        ali walsh
        Date and time
        July 29, 2010, 9:54AM
        • The president should 'consider' Schapelle's immediate release instead. Do Australians recall that the judge who sentenced her had never found anyone innocent in 500 previous drug cases? Or that no one else has been convicted of smuggling marijuana INTO Bali ( a pointless crime as it grows wild there) before Schapelle's case or since?

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          James in New Mexico
          Date and time
          July 29, 2010, 9:56AM
          • This is an unsubstantiated rumour at this stage. Even if it is true, a sentence reduction will not save Schapelle, unless it is a 13 year reduction. She has already received 1 year in reductions, and has served almost 6 years. She needs to be released within months if she is going to survive. Enough is enough, she has served enough time for a crime she did not commit.

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            Simba
            Date and time
            July 29, 2010, 10:01AM
            • Please let this be true. I give my support for an early release, this poor woman has been through so much. I believe in her innocence - please release her early, now is good.

              Thank you

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              Barbara Sessions
              Date and time
              July 29, 2010, 10:02AM
              • Release this poor woman, the planet has lots of real criminals, even if she's guilty which is highly likely the punishment nowhere near fits the crime. Walk down any street in Kuta and someone will offer you marijuana. You harsh position on this drug is not helping the problem yet at the same time there is a women suffering needlessly

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                mick heinke
                Date and time
                July 29, 2010, 10:08AM
                • If this story is in fact true, I applaud SBY for taking these positive steps. However, unless her sentence is reduced by 15 years, this alledged reduction is meaningless.

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                  Calypso
                  Date and time
                  July 29, 2010, 10:09AM
                  • Please release Schapelle Corby immediately. She has suffered enough for an offense that is questionable at best. This is a travesty of justice. The world is watching.

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                    Mikki Norris
                    Date and time
                    July 29, 2010, 10:22AM
                    • I hope the sentence is cut enough for her to leave Bali. Talk about a hell of holiday! I hope the Indonesian president shows great mercy for Schapelle, and that she can start rebuilding her life. The sooner the better!

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                      Beccy
                      Date and time
                      July 29, 2010, 10:26AM

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