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Australian defence team meets Corby family
By CINDY WOCKNER in Denpasar

SCHAPELLE Corby's family has met two Australian barristers who have joined forces to assist her Indonesian legal team prepare its appeal against her 20- year sentence for drug smuggling.

After the meeting, in Bali, Corby's sister Mercedes said she and the family felt "much better about everything".

"We feel reassured," Ms Corby said after discussing her sister's case with Mark Trowell, QC, and Phillip Laskaris. Also present were Corby's father Michael and Mercedes' Balinese husband Wayan Widiartha.

The meeting helped dispel suggestions of rifts between the Indonesian legal team and the Perth barristers who were asked by the Australian Government to help with the appeal to the Denpasar High Court.

Mr Trowell and Mr Laskaris plan to meet Corby today at Kerobokan Jail where she is being held. They said the Corby family was devastated about the extent of anti-Indonesian sentiment which has been displayed in Australia since the guilty finding and realised it was not helpful to Corby's case.

"It certainly doesn't reflect the views of Mercedes and her father who have just made that very clear to us," Mr Laskaris said.

Mr Trowell said he wanted to reassure Indonesians that the anti-Indonesian comments emanating from Australia did not necessarily represent the view of the general community.

"The Indonesian system is a different system to an Australian system but that doesn't mean it's inferior. It's not inferior, it's just different," Mr Trowell said.

Mr Trowell said while there had been initial misunderstandings between the Australian and Indonesian lawyers, the working relationship was positive and they were all working as a team.

A senior criminal advocate from Jakarta will also be enlisted to assist with drafting the appeal, which is unlikely to involve oral hearings but to be done via written submissions.

Mr Trowell said he and fellow Perth QC Tom Percy had been requested by Australian Government ministers, including Chris Ellison and Phillip Ruddock, to assist with the appeal. He said none of the Australian QCs was being paid for their services.

"Essentially we are Australians and when the Australian Government asks you to assist, you do. The fact is she is an Australian national in trouble overseas, the consequences are extremely serious," he said.

Mr Trowell said when he returned home he would be talking with Mr Ellison about a "shopping list" of requests for help from the Indonesian legal team.

"We're not quite sure what's on the shopping list but I understand there are aspects of the case that require perhaps a little bit of investigation or require some scrutiny of the evidence that was presented or not presented at the trial.

"I think realistically there may be some limitations as to how far the Australian Government can go but I know from speaking to ministers Ruddock and also to the Foreign Minister Downer and Minister Ellison that they are very keen to help," he said.

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Corby's legal team turns heat up on Government
By Catharine Munro and Phillip Hudson

Schapelle Corby's legal team wants the Federal Government to find the person they believe put drugs into her boogie board - and it has just three days to do it.

The Sun-Herald understands documents signed by case co-ordinator Vasu Rasiah asks the Government to account for the 4.1 kilograms of marijuana that Corby was convicted of bringing into Bali last October.

The letter asks the Government to produce the person who put the marijuana into the bag as well as the owner of the drugs.

Sources said the request was "not realistic" because an investigation by Queensland Police and the federal police failed to find any evidence to support the existence of either person.

Last month, Corby was sentenced to 20 years in prison for drug trafficking and a deadline for her appeal to be lodged in Bali falls on Tuesday.

Tensions between the Bali-based lawyers and the Perth-based barristers Mark Trowell, QC, and Tom Percy, QC, emerged about the appeal yesterday.

"We had a frank exchange of views about the progress of the appeal. As yet neither Percy nor myself have seen any draft grounds of appeal; we haven't seen the transcript of the reasons of the judgement or a transcript of the trial," Mr Trowell said.

Mr Trowell was concerned that the Government received the documents at the end of the last working day before the appeal was due to be filed.

He had received an incomplete document from Mr Rasiah as he boarded a plane in Bali to return to Australia last Monday that included a request for financial assistance. That request had been omitted from his signed document, Mr Trowell said.

Corby's lawyers have also asked the Government to help them bring to Bali the airport staff who were working on October 8 last year, the day she was arrested. They have also asked for the names of baggage handlers on duty in Sydney and Brisbane.

Among other requests they want closed circuit TV film from Customs, Qantas and the airports, and the baggage weights on Corby's luggage.

Senator Chris Ellison has told Corby's Indonesian lawyer Lily Lubis that the Government would assist where possible. He said Customs did not have any tapes of Corby "but I've asked them to check again".

Meanwhile, the Corby family had asked people to stop fund-raising activities, Foreign Prisoner Support Services advocate Kay Danes said in a statement.

The move came after advice from Corby's QCs.

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