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THE SCHAPELLE CORBY CASE
FPSS Urgent update - March 15, 2006
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March 16, 2006 Update Urgent action Required

Schapelle really needs all supporters to get behind her at this particular time as the Indonesian authorities are set to destroy vital evidence tomorrow [Friday, 17 March 2006]. Ref: Urgent Press Release

Supporters are urgently invited to protest this action to the Australian Government.

The Hon Alexander Downer
Foreign Affairs Minister

PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Tel: (02) 6277 7500
Fax: (02) 6273 4112
Email: A.Downer.MP@aph.gov.au

Also write to Attorney General and raise the point of 'the Australian Government should protect the legal and civil rights of all Australians no matter where they are detained.

The Hon. Phillip Ruddock
Australian Attorney General
Attorney-General's Department
Central Office
Robert Garran Offices
National Circuit
BARTON ACT 2600
Tel: (02) 6250 6666
Fax: (02) 6250 5900

If Calling from Overseas
Tel: + 61 2 6250 6666
Fax: +61 2 6250 5900
Web details: http://www.aph.gov.au/house/members/member.asp?id=0J4

Supporters contact Media

Supporters may also voice their concerns to Australian newspapers 'Letters to the Editor' and tell them it is totally unacceptable and bad enough that Schapelle is in this position and never had a fair trial, but imagine if Schapelle or any other Australian were on death row and this happened? It's absolutely a violation of her legal rights and our Government should not allowed foreign states to get away with this. Our Government has an obligation to protect the legal and civil rights of its citizens no matter where they are.

The Sydney Morning Herald receives over 400 emails each day as well as faxes and snail mail for Letters to the Editor. All letters and email (no attachments) to the Herald must carry the sender's home address and day and evening telephone numbers for verification. Ideally, letters will be a maximum of 200 words.

    Email: letters@smh.com.au Mail: GPO Box 3771, Sydney NSW 2001
    Fax: (02) 9282 3492

    Editor of Courier Mail [QLD]
    Mr. David Fagan:
    Phone: (07) 3666 6073
    E-mail: fagand@qnp.newsltd.com.au
    Fax: (07) 3666 6649

    Gold Coast Bulletin
    Editor
    Phone: (07) 5584 2406
    Fax: The Editor Ph (07) 5539 3950
    Mail: The Editor, PO Box 1, Southport, 4215
    editorial@gcb.newsltd.com.au

SAMPLE LETTER TO AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT BY FPSS
The Hon Alexander Downer
Foreign Affairs Minister

PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

RE: Indonesia to destroy vital Corby evidence

Your Excellency,

    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 her innocence. The Indonesian Government haven't allowed her lawyers to fully exhaust all avenues of appeal before they destroy the evidence that has yet to be tested. 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. 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 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 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.

    Your Excellency also stated to media that the Indonesians refused requests by the Australian Federal Police to test the cannabis. The AFP wanted to test the drug to ascertain its source because Schapelle claimed it was not in her luggage when she left Australia and must have been planted there in Bali.

    Your quote "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.

    You also said the Indonesians said they "were perfectly capable of doing that sort of testing themselves".

    Respectfully I ask, why then has it not been done and what representations did our Government make to oppose this?

    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 injustice when on Friday 17 March 2006, her final hopes are destroyed along with the evidence that might have cleared her of any wrongdoing, or at the very least, provided a more reasonable conclusion to events.

    Meanwhile, I have to question what it is exactly that the Australian Government does to aid in the defence of its own citizens' legal rights when clearly those rights are being violated. Should not our Government have an obligation to protect the legal and civil rights of its citizens no matter where they are?

    I understand perhaps more than most, given my own experiences in Laos, that the Australian Government cannot interfere in another State's judicial process. Surely however, we can work towards becoming more persuasive in our representations to seek accountability of the application of another States' 'rule of law'?

    Respectfully,

    Kay Danes
    Advocate
    Foreign Prisoner Support Service
    http://www.foreignprisoners.com
    [address provided]


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