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Corby rejected opportunity to bribe: mum
Tuesday Jan 24 22:16 AEDT

Convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby passed up an opportunity to bribe her way out of trouble in Indonesia, her mother says.

Rosleigh Rose also has accused members of Corby's former legal team - mobile phone tycoon Ron Bakir and lawyer Robin Tampoe - of only being interested in "books, movies and suing Qantas".

Ms Rose said that in the moments after Corby's arrest at Bali airport in 2004 where she was caught with 4.1kg of marijuana in her boogie-board bag, Indonesian Customs officers handed over phone numbers and hinted something could be worked out.

"But (Corby's sister) Mercedes and Schapelle said `No, it's not hers'," Ms Rose said in an interview in this week's The Bulletin Magazine.

Asked if she regretted Corby's decision, she replied: "Now, we probably do".

Mr Tampoe and Mr Bakir, who once bankrolled Corby's defence, abandoned the former student beautician's bid for freedom last year after a rift with her mother.

Ms Rose accused them of telling Corby she owed them hundreds of thousands of dollars for their work, after they had promised to help her for free.

Mr Bakir has flatly denied the allegation.

But Ms Rose stepped up her assault on the pair, accusing them of being more preoccupied with organising book and movie deals focused on Corby's ordeal than helping to free her from Kerobokan jail.

She said Qantas was in the lawyers' sights because of allegations the airline allowed Corby's bag to be tampered with by an organised drug syndicate operating in Australia's airports.

"They were always pestering Schapelle into writing a book," Ms Rose said.

"We said, `No, we just want Schapelle home'."

Mr Bakir and Mr Tampoe could not be reached for comment.

AAP 2006

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