Bali police have burned the stash of marijuana that sent
Schapelle Corby to an Indonesian jail for 20 years.
The drugs were piled up on top of a metal drum in a backyard
beside the Denpasar District Court where a distraught Corby was
convicted on May 17 last year.
There was little fuss apart from some dizziness among some of
the spectators after chief prosecutor I Ketut Arthana, who led the
case against the Gold Coast woman, poured petrol on the pile and
set it alight.
Watching on were Denpasar Mayor Anak Agung Puspa Yoga and local
police chief Hari Dono Sukmanto, as well as a small crowd of
journalists, who said they became giddy as pungent smoke wafted
over the yard.
Her infamous zip-lock boogie board bag in which the drugs were
found by Bali airport customs officers also went up in flames along
with the board and even Corby's surf fins.
Other drugs from other criminal cases were also destroyed,
including almost 10,000 ecstasy pills, 1.9 kg of heroin and 4.2
grams of hashish, as well as bottles of illegal home-made beer.
Corby, a former student beautician and shop assistant, wasn't
She remains locked up in Bali's Kerobokan Prison after the
Supreme Court in Jakarta in January rejected her appeal and
restated the 20-year term that had been cut by five years by a
lower appeal court.
Her legal team has asked the Supreme Court - Indonesia's highest
- to review its decision. But granting such a request would be an
unusual move and is far from certain.
Corby defence lawyer Erwin Siregar, who watched the burning,
said he was concerned the evidence had been destroyed.
"If we find new evidence and then reopen the case, and they want
to check, the evidence is no longer there," he said.
Corby's defence rested on claims the cannabis was planted in her
bag by mistake by baggage handlers at Australian airports working
for drug traffickers.
Siregar said he failed to convince Arthana to delay Friday's
bonfire and admitted that there was no obligation to stall the
burning, because Corby's legal case had already been completed.
Still, he said, they should have waited in the interests of
"finding the truth".
Arthana said the drugs had to be destroyed to prevent the stash
being stolen from a police lockup.
"We didn't want to keep it for too long," he said. "Although
(the evidence) is secured behind an iron door it is only guarded by
He said 8kg of heroin smuggled by the Bali Nine could not be
burned yet because the Australians were still appealing.
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