Monday, February 28, 2011
"FORMER NSW crime fighter Mark Standen has been refused bail pending his drugs trial next year.
In the NSW Supreme Court today, Justice Bruce James concluded the 51-year-old would present a flight risk if released.
The judge also noted Standen's long background in law enforcement and his criminal contacts made him "uniquely well placed" to arrange flight if he wanted.
Standen faces a trial around the middle of next year on charges of plotting to import a commercial quantity of a chemical precursor of the illicit drug ice." The Daily Telegraph
Sydney Morning Herald journalist Phillip Cornford wrote an excellent article about Schapelle’s arrest and trial on the 5th of March 2005, called “Weighing the Evidence,” where he looks at some of the background in great depth. He says the boogie board bag was too big for the conveyor, so it was put on a trolly, hauled to one of the piers, and then put in a baggage cannister. It was one of the last items loaded, so it was at the front of the container, which was not locked, merely closed with a canvas flap. It stayed in that vulnerable position for 97 minutes.
Cornford goes on to explain that all the baggage bays and piers at Brisbane Domestic Airport, and Sydney International Airport, were watched by CCTV, but there were no other security measures. They’re big, open areas giving easy access to anyone with an “Airside” security pass.
Amazingly, not a single camera covering these crucial spots was checked by the police, or anyone else in authority, to see if there was any unauthorised access to Schapelle’s bag. Every frame “Vanished,” or was destroyed. Cornford’s investigations also revealed a dangerous fact, there were no inspections of the bags (or vehicles), owned by airport staff with Aviation Security Identification Cards. They had carte blanche to carry and retrieve anything - and considering the case of former QANTAS baggage handler Belal Khazaal, that’s truly frightening. In June 2004, he was arrested on charges relating to terrorism. In 2009, he was sentenced to 12 years. Here’s some quotes, backing Cornford’s findings, from Channel 9 (2005), the “Sunday” programme, in a segment called “Schapelle Corby: A Question of Innocence” . . .
“ROSS COULTHART: Here at Sydney Airport we filmed staff entering and leaving the secure baggage handling area. There is no systematic checking of bags. A criminal could pass through with drugs undetected.”
“ROSS COULTHART: One crucial point both Hughie Williams and Scott Speed make is that it's not just baggage handlers who have the opportunity to plant something in baggage here at Brisbane.
SCOTT SPEED: Once the boogie board's gone through, put onto the barrow, the barrow could go out onto the allocated bay and if it goes around to where you can't see it, round to the satellite, anyone could do it.
ROSS COULTHART: These photographs of unattended baggage sitting on the apron at Brisbane Airport were taken by this airport worker, who asked not to be identified.
ANONYMOUS: I saw unattended baggage in areas that I know are not generally under surveillance with airport cameras. In one occasion there was a trolley load of bags left unattended for in excess of fifty minutes. It demonstrates that somebody with a predisposition to plant something and have it transported from airport to airport can do so quite easily without attracting attention.”
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Schapelle Corby & A Global Gathering at Sydney International Airport, including Al Wilson's "Useless, Toothless Dogs of Shame" and other Artists
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Schapelle Corby - Chris Barnes, ex-political spin doctor desperate to flog a lemon to the business community
UPDATE 25 JAN 2012 -EXPENDABLE THE MOVIE RELEASED, EXPOSING GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION AND COMPLICITY IN THE JAILING OF AN INNOCENT WOMAN
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Schapelle Corby - Convicted in Australia Without Evidence, While Criminals are Paid Off to Protect Corrupt Police
And now, as I write in my column in The Herald, we have Australian Commonwealth prosecutors winning orders in Australian courts to confiscate royalties for a book written by Schapelle Corby. They've seized $128,000 and have just been denied by Indonesian courts access to a further $280,000.Our prosecutors sought this confiscation despite the fact that Ms Corby was not given a fair trial in Indonesia and that by any measure was convicted by a system that is corrupt and otherwise unacceptable in Australia. The court granted the application for confiscation despite the Proceeds of Crime law allowing the courts to take into account any matters it saw fit.Under Indonesia's justice system the onus was on Ms Corby to prove that she was innocent, that she knew nothing of the marijuana in her boogie board bag. She was presumed to be guilty until she proved her innocence. The chief judge in her trial declared his hand when he boasted during the trial that in 500 cases involving drugs he had never acquitted anyone. That alone marks the trial as unfair.There were many other issues that would have in Australia thrown the prosecution case into reasonable doubt. And not even the shocking revelations since of drug smuggling among some Australian airport baggage handlers has won any support from our government and authorities for a fair trial for Ms Corby.
Monday, February 21, 2011
The ONLY evidence “Against” Schapelle were uncorroborated statements from Indonesian customs officers who did not speak English, which she denied. This is known as “Verballing.” This practise has led to many miscarriages of justice, and Queensland magistrates (for instance), are formally warned about accepting uncorroborated police statements about the accused, especially when there is no good reason for this failure to provide video or tape. This also backs up journalist Tony Wilson’s opinion, re the poor likelihood of Schapelle’s conviction in Australia.
As Schapelle was arrested in an airport environment, with multiple CCTV cameras running, there is no reasonable excuse for this lack of hard evidence (to back up the statements of customs officers). Formal questions about this were sent to Kevin Rudd, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Greg Moriarty (Australian Ambassador to Indonesia), on the 20th of February 2011, via fax and email. On the 22nd February 2011, it was confirmed (via phone), that Rudd’s office had received these questions. Australia has a formal responsibility to ensure it citizens are treated fairly abroad, as explained by Greg Moriarty here. There will be formal follow-up by the 20th March 2011, if there is no response from either Rudd or Moriarty in the interim.
PS - Full background to the case HERE.
Schapelle Corby - Greg & Kevin, Please Answer the Questions, Why Did Australia Allow the Abuse of One of its Citizens?
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Thank you for the attached, and I look forward to an investigation. It's an excellent opportunity for you, a chance to improve your batting average, and value to the tax payers - as the coming book will very graphically point out that in 2009 - 10, you cost the battlers of this country around 22 million dollars, and recommended just four prosecutions. Correct me if I'm wrong.Regards, Kim
Saturday, February 19, 2011
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As the Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, and the Australian Foreign Minister, I'm just wondering if you can answer a key question that's puzzling me, and many other Australians? It's important, because Ross Taylor of the AIBC said (The Australian, 19 Feb 2011), that the Australian view of Indonesia is clouded by perceptions of corruption, and the high profile issue of Australian citizen Schapelle Corby.
You see when Schapelle was arrested by the Indonesian Police, there was absolutely no film footage of this crucial event taken or preserved, and they handled the central evidence in a bizarre and cavalier fashion, e.g. without gloves on multiple occasions. This was in stark contrast to the filmed-from-all-angles arrest of the Bali 9, as Ross Coulthart, a journalist from Channel 9 points out . .
ROSS COULTHART: By contrast, when the Bali Nine were arrested last month, Indonesian Police were at pains to videotape themselves wearing gloves to ensure no evidence was contaminated. But nothing was filmed of Corby's arrest, nor the crucial search at Airport Customs where she disputes stopping officers from searching her bag. “Sunday” Channel 9
And compounding the puzzle, even though Schapelle begged for airport CCTV footage of this crucial interaction, every single frame vanished without explanation. How can this be, when to-day, the Indonesian Government is so keen to exhibit her, they allow the World's media to hunt a mentally ill woman into the toilet.
“The customs area at Ngurah Rai Airport is monitored by closed circuit cameras, which observed Corby's actions. They could corroborate or contradict her account. But the prosecutor said they were not checked.” Sydney Morning Herald
“The prosecution closed its case on February 17. It relies entirely on indisputable evidence that the marijuana was found in Corby's boogie board bag and on the contested testimony of two customs officers and two police officers about her actions and responses.
Winata's English-language proficiency was not established and will be challenged. Corby insists her responses were misunderstood. She says his English was not good and they had difficulty understanding each other. McComb, who also spoke to Winata that day, says the same.” Sydney Morning Herald
. . . so why, if this "Testimony" was so crucial, did the Indonesian Government trash all the CCTV evidence of Schapelle's arrival and arrest, and treat her so differently to the Bali 9?
So Greg and Kevin, can you liaise with each other please, and get back to me on that important question? I'll call your offices to confirm receipt very soon, and follow up with a formal reminder in four weeks if I've had no response in the interim. And don't forget, all this formal correspondence is going in the book and documentary . . .
"You ask people, even business people: 'Give me words about Indonesia.' You get Schapelle Corby, terrorism, dictatorship."
- The complete lack of evidence against her, and a conviction that would not stand up in any Australian court.
Robert’s arrest over 1.7 grams of marijuana has disturbing parallels to the heartbreaking ordeal of Schapelle Corby, who is currently serving 20 years in Kerobokan after being convicted of smuggling 4.1kg of marijuana in a boogie-board bag in 2004.
Both were arrested at Denpasar’s Ngurah Rai Airport en route to family holidays, both hotly denied any wrongdoing. Both asked to see any CCTV footage covering their departure from Australia and their arrival in Bali. Both also begged for the drugs allegedly found in their luggage to be finger-printed, as proof of guilt or innocence.
But all their requests were refused. Instead, they were paraded before the local media while back-slapping police and customs officers passed around the so-called ‘evidence’ – contaminating it forever.
‘My experience certainly raises a lot of important questions about the Corby case,’ says Robert, a veteran trade unionist, political candidate and anti-corruption whistleblower, who travelled to Bali for a five-day break with his son Josh Daley, 21.
‘There’s definitely a racket going on over there. The entire system is corrupt. One thing is certain, that you are going to be found guilty – it’s just a question of how long it takes.
‘Then you buy your sentence, the more money, the lighter it is, and if you don’t pay you’re stuffed. The problem with Schapelle was that it all got blown out of proportion and then she had no chance. It nearly happened to me too.’
. . . from a publication that hangs around for months in millions of waiting rooms and homes all over the country. Then on Monday 25th October 2010, the gross discrepancies in her trial and conviction were hi-lited again in another prominent New Idea piece, quote . . .
"Despite Schapelle's requests, authorities failed to fingerprint the drugs found in her boogie board bag, or to examine airport CCTV footage. They also didn't compare the weight of her luggage on departure from Brisbane and arrival in Denpasar."
And that was after nearly 2 million Australians were told in this Woman's Day article that Schapelle's routinely taunted by Indonesian prison guards, who call her a "White Monkey. " The majority of their readers want her home now, as do nearly 85% of the Herald Sun's customers.
This constant and escalating barrage of ugly publicity will not stop while Schapelle remains incarcerated in an Indonesian hell hole, because her story fascinates the Australian public and sells magazines (and other media), like hotcakes.