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July 05, 2005

Schapelle Corby case to be re-opened

From the Australian:

Appeal court judges in Bali have agreed to reopen Schapelle Corby's case and allow new evidence from a dozen defence witnesses, including a prisoner who had allegedly admitted owning the marijuana stash Corby was caught with.

In a highly unusual step, the Bali High Court chief judge Made Lingga said yesterday he would allow Corby's lawyers to present new witnesses, who would back the former Gold Coast beauty student's claims that she did not know about 4.1kg of marijuana found in her bodyboard bag at Bali airport last October 8.

Judge Lingga said that after reviewing the lower court decision to sentence Corby to 20 years' jail, he believed the original hearing had been "clear enough" and properly conducted.

But he said he would instruct the same three judges who presided over the original trial in the Denpasar District Court to reopen hearings and take evidence from any new witnesses who could be found.

In other words, someone finally “got” the Indonesian “justice” system and bribed a judge.

Posted by Danny Carlton at July 5, 2005 07:28 AM

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