Indonesia set to destroy Corby's evidence
On Friday 17 March 2006, the evidence that could prove Schapelle Corby's
innocence will be destroyed by the Indonesian Authorities.
Schapelle's lawyers are urgently pushing to have tests done as a last ditch
effort to prove their client's innocence.
"They haven't even allowed her lawyers to fully exhaust all avenues of
appeal before they destroy the evidence that has yet to be tested" says Kay
Danes, an advocate for the Foreign Prisoner Support Service.
"Australia has given Indonesia billions of dollars over the past few years
for Customs, Law enforcement and forensic training and yet, at no time
during Schapelle's arrest did any Indonesian authorities wear protective
gloves, nor did they bother to finger print her boogey board bag, or test
the cannabis as you would expect any law enforcement agency to do" says Kay
Danes. "What hope does an Australian citizen ever have to a fair trial
when these basic protocols are not even followed?"
Contrary to media reports, the lawyers for Schapelle Corby have, from the
day she was arrested in October 2004 till now, continued to request
Indonesian Authorities test the Marijuana discovered in her boogey board bag.
On December 3, 2004, having sighted the papers Schapelle Corby signed
giving her consent for the tests to be done, the Australian Federal Police
[AFP] formally offered assistance to the Indonesian police to conduct DNA
tests on the cannabis. However, in early January 2005, the Corby family
were advised that the Indonesian police would not give any of the cannabis
to the AFP for testing.
Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer said the Indonesians refused
requests by the Australian Federal Police to test the cannabis Ms Corby
allegedly tried to smuggle.
The AFP wanted to test the drug to ascertain its source because Ms Corby
claimed it was not in her luggage when she left Australia and must have
been planted there in Bali.
"The defence lawyers wanted it done, we asked, and yes, it's true the
Indonesian police didn't agree to hand over any of the cannabis for
testing," Mr Downer said.
Mr Downer said the Indonesians said they "were perfectly capable of doing
that sort of testing themselves".
During the first court hearing, the high court and the supreme court
hearing, the lawyers for Schapelle again asked for the cannabis to be
tested. The judges refused.
Schapelle Corby will ultimately suffer yet another blow of injustice when
on Friday 17 March 2006, her final hopes are destroyed along with the
evidence that could have cleared her of any wrongdoing. Meanwhile, it seems
the Australian Government will say nothing and do nothing to aid in the
defence of one of its own citizens' legal rights, which will be violated
for the sake of maintaining good bilateral relations with Indonesia.
Copyright FPSS 2006