Corby Could See Sentence Cut Further During Indonesian Independence Day

By webadmin on 09:56 am Aug 06, 2012
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Denpasar. Kerobokan Prison chief Gusti Ngurah Wiratna has sent a letter to the Justice and Human Rights Ministry, asking that a convicted drug smuggler’s sentence be reduced by six months.

Gusti said on Monday that the letter had been received by the director general of penitentiary at the Justice and Human Rights Ministry.

“We will announce it during the celebration of our Independence Day on August 17,” he said.

In May, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono granted Schapelle Leigh Corby a five-year reduction on her 20-year term. The Australian is now due to be released in September 2017, possibly earlier.

Shortly after the decision, Gusti said Corby could be eligible for parole as early as Sept. 21. Prior to the clemency order signed by Yudhoyono on May 15, Gusti said Corby’s 20-year sentence for smuggling four kilograms of marijuana into Bali had already been reduced by 25 months.

“In 2011, she got a five-month sentence cut. This year, it is likely she will a get six-month reduction,” Gusti said.

Opposition lawmakers and anti-drug activists have criticized the president for cutting Corby’s jail term, claiming it undermined the country’s effort to combat drugs. Others accused Yudhoyono of bowing to pressure from Australia.

The National Anti-Drug Movement (Granat) last month filed a motion with the State Administrative Court against Yudhoyono’s clemency grant to Corby.

The court rejected the claim, saying that granting clemency was the president’s prerogative. Granat has since filed another objection to the ruling that has yet to be heard by the court.

Attorney Yusril Ihza Mahendar, who is representing Granat, claimed the decision to cut Corby’s sentence contradicted the government’s policy of taking a strict approach on graft, drugs and terrorism, all of which are defined as extraordinary crimes in Indonesia. He said he feared that the decision would set a bad precedent for the country’s anti-drug efforts.