Legislators Seek Answers Ahead of Any Corby Parole Deal
Apparent efforts to begin the process of paroling Australian drug convict Schapelle Corby have drawn fire from legislators, who are calling on the government to confirm whether they struck a deal with Canberra to secure her early release.
A day after officials from Bali’s Kerobokan Penitentiary inspected Corby’s sister’s residence in Bali, where the Australian had planned to stay — a prerequisite for any potential parole — legislators demanded to know what Indonesia got in return in the event there was deal to set the 36-year-old Australian free.
“The way I see it, there is a closed foreign agreement,” Poempida Hidayatulloh Djatiutomo, a member of the House of Representatives’ Commission III, overseeing legal affairs, said on Thursday.
Any deal struck should be reciprocated by Canberra for Indonesians mired in legal troubles in Australia, he said.
“As long as the deal is our interest and benefits the Indonesian people, the people may support it,” Poempida said.
Eva Kusuma Sundari, another House Commission III legislator, slammed any decision to grant Corby parole, alleging special treatment and pointing out that the convicted drug trafficker had seen her sentence reduced multiple times.
“There is something that the president is not telling us,” Eva said.
Corby received a 20-year jail sentence in 2005 for smuggling 4.2 kilograms of marijuana into Bali. Since then, however, she has received a series of sentence cuts, including a five-year reduction last year.
Corby has been eligible for parole for almost a year, but has remained in Kerobokan as she and her family sought to meet conditions for parole, including securing permission from the head of the village where should would live in Bali.
She is expected to get a further sentence cut for Independence Day on Saturday, when prisoners generally receive remissions of three to six months.