The Australian drug smuggler Schapelle Corby who was convicted of drug trafficking in Indonesia moved a step closer to freedom on Wednesday with recommendation of early release and clemency submitted by Indonesian Ministry of Justice.
The formal recommendation has been put forward by the Ministry of Justice in Indonesia for the first time after two years, when the request was put forward by on behalf of the client. The convicted criminal is of 34 years of age and suffering from mental sickness in the Kerobokan jail in Bali. Corby was sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment in 2004 in an attempt to smuggle 4.1 kilograms of marijuana into Indonesia.
The news of clemency and an early release by the ministry have emerged officially for the first time based on humanitarian grounds. One of the officials confirmed the authenticity of the news and also informed that the proposal for clemency and early release was forwarded to the President a couple of months ago.
The officer spoke to the media on terms of anonymity and informed, “Our office agreed with her clemency. We recommended granting it. Basically the decision was made based on humanitarian considerations.”
The plea has been forwarded to the Supreme Court and the SC is now to decide on the matter. However, in order to allow reduction in punishment, the accused has to accept the charges of crime which Corby has not done.
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