Tuesday Sep 27 00:00 AEST
Convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby may have to wait another month to learn if she can go free from a Bali jail after judges wrote to Indonesia's highest court to ask for more time to make up their minds.
The appellant court, which could theoretically increase Corby's 20-year sentence, had been due to rule by Thursday whether it would agree to quash or cut Corby's sentence.
But lead lawyer Hotman Paris Hutapea told AAP that the judges wrote to the Supreme Court to request another 30 days.
The request is extraordinary because a time extension is usually granted only once and the High Court has already pushed out the detention period by a month.
But Hutapea said deliberations had been delayed by a legal conference currently underway in Bali.
"I don't want to speculate too much, because we could be fighting for Corby's life," he said.
"I don't want to criticise the court."
Another of Corby's lawyers, Erwin Siregar, earlier said he was confident the 28-year-old would receive good news and he expected a decision by Tuesday at the latest.
He also promised to launch an appeal to the Supreme Court in Jakarta if it failed.
"We expect a good result in the court, but we will have to wait and see," he said.
The Gold Coast woman was arrested on October 8 last year after customs officers at Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport found 4.1kg of marijuana in her unlocked luggage.
Corby maintains the drugs were not hers and must have been planted in her baggage by an Australian drug gang using her as an unwitting drug courier.
Her lawyers had hoped to organise a video link from Australia to allow unidentified witnesses to present new evidence about who really owned the drugs.
But they were unable to convince Bali's High Court they could find fresh witnesses.
Senior judges said the decision was up to the lower court, where the videolink request has already been rejected.
Hutapea last week said he hoped to present a new report into Australian airport security measures to appellate judges to help bolster the former beauty student's claims.
Siregar said without another extension order or an appeal court ruling, Corby would have to be freed from Kerobokan on Thursday when the current order expired.