Schapelle Corby

20 Years in an Indonesian Prison on Marijuana Trafficking Charges

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The Schapelle Corby Nightmare

Schapelle Corby, prisoner of the drug war
It was meant to be a holiday: a two-week break to a tropical paradise to celebrate a sister's birthday. But for Schapelle Corby it ended up a never ending nightmare. Arrested at Denpasar airport in 2004 after marijuana was found in her board bag, she had become the victim of every traveler's darkest fear. The drugs had been placed in her bag after she'd checked it in and she was forced to face the consequences of someone else's crime in a country where the penalties for drug smuggling are barbaric.

Her trial became a major news story, as it was glaringly obvious that the evidence she pleaded to be considered was being ignored, and thorough investigation she begged for was being shrugged off. She was sentenced to a shocking 20 years in an Indonesian jail. Her appeals were dismissed equally as lightly, with the end of the judicial process being reached in March 2008.

Today, she remains in that squalid cell, as she will for countless years unless something is done. She will miss the best years of her life, never have kids, never see them play ... the list is endless. Despair and misery doesn't even begin to describe it.

Whilst you are reading this, whilst you are sleeping, whilst you are travelling to work, or perhaps playing sport or watching TV ... tomorrow, next week, next year ... remember where Schapelle is. She desperately needs you: she needs you to act for her, to speak out for her.

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