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Prosecutors confident on Corby life term
Thursday Sep 29 14:05 AEST Indonesian prosecutors are confident that a Bali appeals court will increase Schapelle Corby's 20-year jail term to life imprisonment.

In contrast, the Gold Coast woman is praying that the judges will overturn her conviction for drug smuggling and free her.

The defence and the prosecution have filed competing appeals and both expect the Bali High Court to bring down its decision soon.

If she is not released, her defence team expects the court will cut her sentence.

However, prosecutor Ida Bagus Wiswantanu said he would not be satisfied until Corby was serving a life term for importing 4.1kg of marijuana into Bali last year.

"We are confident the High Court will increase the sentence because drug crimes have wide implications on society," he said. "If it does not, we will appeal to the Supreme Court."

Corby is waiting for the court's ruling in a cell at Bali's Kerobokan Prison.

"Schapelle is becoming more anxious each day," sister Mercedes Corby told AAP.

"I get frustrated with all the delays, but when Schapelle heard about the latest one she said: 'Hopefully it means they're going to release me and the Australian government has more time to do something to help'.

"That's how she copes.

"I hope they do (release her), but I can't get my hopes up because we have to stay strong."

The Bali High Court, which could theoretically increase Corby's 20-year sentence, had been due to rule on Thursday on whether it would agree to quash or cut her sentence.

But judges wrote to the Supreme Court in Jakarta this week requesting another 30 days to make up their minds.

It was the second extension since Corby's lawyers and the prosecutors lodged appeals following Corby's sentencing in May.

Corby's flamboyant defence lawyer Hotman Paris Hutapea said he now expected the court to announce its decision next week, although public offices and most businesses in Bali will be closed on Wednesday for an annual religious celebration.

Hutapea said 20 years was extraordinarily harsh for the crime.

He said he was confident Corby's sentence will at least be cut, particularly in light of a recent report critical of Australian airport security.

"I don't expect the judges will go above 20 years, I'm optimistic that at least they will reduce the sentence," Hutapea said.

Corby's family is also prepared to take the case all the way to Indonesia's highest court.

"If she's not going home, we will appeal again," Mercedes said.

"She didn't get a fair hearing (before Denpasar District Court).

"We just hope the High Court looks at everything that happened in the first trial and the way the police handled the investigation."

Corby, who currently shares a cell with a dozen other women, was arrested on October 8 last year after customs officers at Bali airport found a stash of marijuana in her unlocked luggage.

The 28-year-old Gold Coast woman maintains the drugs were not hers and must have been planted by an Australian drug gang using her as an unwitting drug courier.

Her lawyers had hoped to organise a videolink from Australia to allow new mystery witnesses to testify about who allegedly owned the drugs.

But they were unable to convince the High Court that they had found credible witnesses with fresh information.

Corby's supporters say the Australian government has done too little to help arrange testimony from a witness known only as Paul, who allegedly knew who owned the marijuana.

Hutapea said no new witnesses would be given the chance to testify if the case goes before the Supreme Court.

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