Tuesday, May 31, 2005

REFER MADNESS! Weed can kill ya....if ya take it 2 BALI!!!

~~As many of youknow for months I have been crazed over this case which instaed of the usualy DEATH PENALTY Bali would have given for drugs, Schapelle got 20 YEARS! I am outraged at this and the fact that the Bali Bomber who killed abut 200 innocent people got only a FEW YEARS!!!!=^.^= ~~ Marijuana Sentence Enrages Australians �Email this Story May 27, 3:47 PM (ET) BY CHRIS BRUMMITT (AP) Australian beauty therapist Schapelle Corby hugs a member of her legal team after she was found... Full Image BALI, Indonesia (AP) - An Australian woman was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday for smuggling nine pounds of marijuana onto Bali island, provoking shouts of "Liar!" from her mother. Schapelle Corby, 27, wept as the verdict was announced in a case that attracted enormous media interest in Australia, where many people believe her claims that the drugs were planted in her luggage. She could have faced the death penalty, but prosecutors requested a life sentence. Corby's mother, Rosleigh Rose, yelled out, "Liar! Liar!" and had to be restrained in the courtroom gallery. Other relatives shouted, "We are going to get you home! We love you!" Corby turned to her tearful parents and mouthed, "Just relax. It's OK." Australia had pressed Jakarta to avoid a death penalty and allow the beauty school student to serve any prison sentence back home. After the verdict was announced, the Australian government offered to send two senior lawyers to help Corby's appeal and said it would begin negotiating with Jakarta on a prisoner transfer. "Guilty or innocent, I feel for this young woman," Prime Minister John Howard said. "I ask that we all pause and understand the situation and recognize and respect that when we visit other countries we are subject to the laws and rules of those countries." Corby was arrested in October after airport authorities found marijuana in her surfboard bag as she arrived on Bali for a family holiday. Her lawyers alleged the drugs were planted by airport baggage handlers in Australia as part of a drug-smuggling operation and that they ended up in Bali by mistake. But judges at the Denpasar District Court said the defense produced no convincing evidence to support that claim. Judge Wayan Suastrawan noted that customs officers testified that Corby looked "nervous" and "tried not to open the bag" when asked to by customs officials, adding: "Judges are of the opinion that the accused imported marijuana. She was arrested red-handed at the airport." Before the hearing, Corby's lawyers said she was "terrified." "She's probably the worst I've ever seen her," lawyer Robin Tampoe told Australian television's Nine Network. "She tries to put on a brave face but there was a lot of crying." After the judges issued the sentence, Corby was allowed to hug her weeping parents before being led away to jail by about 20 police officers. Outside the courtroom, Corby's sister, Mercedes, said the family would appeal. "This is not fair," she yelled. "We will get Schapelle home." Indonesia's tough anti-drug laws do not distinguish between marijuana and harder drugs like heroin or cocaine. Corby drew little sympathy or media attention in Indonesia, where the government is under pressure to crack down on rampant illegal drug use that kills scores of young, mostly poor people each year. Indonesia, which like Australia, imprisons scores of foreigners for drug smuggling each year, says it sees no need to grant Corby any special exemptions. ~~~~~~ Here are some more links and pics of this Aussie Beauty and her sad story.Set up or Stupid Plan? Dont know for sure, but this stinks like Mexican ragweed to me! =^.^= http://www.saveschapellecorby.org/ssc/home.html www.schapellecorby.com/au www.gabriellereilly.co/gabrielle-reilly/austrailian_commuity_service/schapelle_corby_home_page.htm

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