34 Questions About Australia's Censored Corruption Crisis in the Schapelle Corby Case...
During the last few weeks, every elected federal politician in Australia has received a series of emails from members of the public. Digital 'read receipts' prove that the vast majority have read them. Only two replied; with one of them, on behalf of a prominent Senator, stating that he "will not be initiating any further intervention into this matter".
This is not remarkable, as literally dozens of emails on the same subject have met the same fate over the previous three months. What is remarkable, however, is that, de facto, the repeated response failures equate to open complicity with criminality and corruption.
The Crimes of a State
In July 2005, Australian citizen, Schapelle Corby, who was facing 20 years in an Indonesian prison, was awaiting her appeal. On 5th July, 2005, the then Australian Justice & Customs Minister, Christopher Ellison, discovered game-changing information: that Schapelle Corby's boogie board bag was the only one not scanned at Sydney airport. Three days later, he withheld this vital primary evidence from her lawyer. Six days later he withheld it again. AFP Commissioner Michael Keelty had the same information. So did Prime Minister John Howard. Schapelle Corby was never informed, and this critical evidence was never used to defend her. This is just one example. Let's take another.
Schapelle Corby checked her bags in normally, without excess or fuss. The authorities later discovered that they were 5 kg overweight on the Qantas system. Despite a handy 4.2 kg of marijuana appearing in her bag on arrival in Indonesia, she was never informed. This vital primary evidence was again withheld, and never used to defend her. Read more:
Acknowledgements: Simon Langford, Activist Post