Indonesia: Schapelle Corby trial wraps up

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Mar 27, 2005
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Schapelle Corby trial wraps up

Ms Corby's case has been closely followed in Australia
Lawyers for Australian woman Schapelle Corby, accused of smuggling drugs into Indonesia, have made their final submission.
The judges said they would hand down their verdict - which prosecutors want to be life in prison - on 27 May.

They refused a defence request to show new evidence to back their claim that Ms Corby's luggage was tampered with. Ms Corby was arrested in October after 4.1kg (9lbs) of marijuana were found in her bags at Bali airport.

The 27-year-old beauty therapist 's case has attracted widespread public interest in Australia, and the Canberra government urged Indonesian prosecutors not to ask for the death penalty, which Indonesian law allows.

Baggage handlers

Ms Corby has continually pleaded her innocence to the charges against her, claiming that baggage handlers put the drugs in her luggage.

But Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty said on Wednesday that the claim of corrupt baggage handlers was not supported by Australian police information.

"There is very little intelligence to suggest that baggage handlers are using innocent people to traffic heroin or other drugs between states," Mr Keelty said.

In response, Law Council of Australia President John North criticised Mr Keelty for jeopardising Ms Corby's chances of a fair trial.

He said the police commissioner would not be able to make such damaging comments in an Australian case, because he would be in contempt of court.

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