Marijuana Queen Clemency

Jun 4th, 2012, in Featured, IM Posts, by

Grumblings about the frequent and now large remissions for Marijuana Queen Schapelle Corby.

Australian Schapelle Leigh Corby, sentened in 2005 to twenty years jail for trafficking 4.2 kg of marijuana into Bali, was recently granted a remission of five years by president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, which could see her released in 2017, or likely earlier.

The decision to lop five years off her sentence has angered some in the country, with former Justice minister Yusril Ihza Mahendra leading the charge.

Yusril has been retained by an anti drugs group, the "Gerakan Nasional Antinarkoba dan Psikotropika" (Granat) to challenge the decision on legal/constitutional grounds.

Yusril argues that an amendment to the UUD 1945 basic law requires that the president seek advice from the Constitutional Court when bestowing his clemecy on convicted felons, and that SBY failed to do so in the Corby case. [1]

Other sour reactions to the Corby clemency came from Aboe Bakar Alhabsy, a Justice Party/Partai Keadilan Sejahtera (PKS) politician, who complains that this is the tenth time Corby has received a remission, and that Corby is now even being considered for parole or conditional release. He said: [2]

To be honest I'm confused, supposedly the government is committed to the fight against drugs, supposedly there is a moratorium on granting remissions to drug traffickers, but now the Marijuana Queen gets another remission and may even be conditionally released soon.

While Ibnu Aspelu, the principal of Sekolah Tinggi Agama Islam Negeri in Palangka Raya, vociferously condemned the five year sentence cut, saying that foreigners who committed crimes in Indonesia, especially drug crimes, should receive no mercy, and that the decision by SBY made no conceivable sense. [3]


10 Comments on “Marijuana Queen Clemency”

  1. avatar Chris says:
    June 4th, 2012 at 11:26 am

    The decision to lop five years off her sentence has angered some in the country, with former Justice minister Yusril Ihza Mahendra leading the charge.

    Maybe YIM will feel differently if/when he spends some time in the slammer. He was being investigated.

    And also:

    Yusril, who reportedly has nurtured a grudge against Yudhoyono since he was fired as state secretary in 2008, has used his legal acumen to win several high-profile lawsuits against Yudhoyono’s government.

    Source

    By the way, SBY didn’t just decide to do it because he was feeling generous that day:

    After Corby asked Indonesia’s president for clemency in 2010, a supreme court judge advised him to grant a five-year sentence cut.

    Source

  2. avatar Oigal says:
    June 4th, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Well for me, it’s the sheer inconsistency, you can hack someone to bits…Three months, raise the wrong flag..ten years…bring in some dope to the dope and pill Capitol of SE Asia..20 years..go to a pill popping party with the done of presidential candidate ..three months.

    Still, it keeps you laughing at them. Was a hoot last week, got some pissant cop after his piece of graph. He honestly didn’t realize how much fun we had at his expense for 50,000rp. Dirty and dumb as a pile of rocks, not a good combination.

  3. avatar ida says:
    June 4th, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    banyak pertimbangan dalam memutuskan sesuatu. ketika seorang kepala negara, penjaga hukum negara, memutuskan melepaskan Colby tentu mereka mempunyai pertimbangan yang mendalam .

  4. avatar Riki Purnomoz says:
    June 4th, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Let Mr President exercises his special right. Let Corby returns to Convictdescendantalia.

  5. avatar Slayer says:
    June 5th, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    The same country that whines and moans when its own citizens abroad are incarcerated or sentenced to death for far worse crimes really should take a look in the mirror.

  6. avatar pjbali says:
    June 10th, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Wasn’t YM justice minister while tommy suharto received a record number of sentence reductions for masterminding the murder of a supreme court judge? Seemed to me tommy did about 5 years of a 15 year sentence. Of all people to be whining about sentence reductions it should not be Pak Yusril. It bizarre to think that someone who attacks the justice system is more entitled to a reduction/remission than a pothead. As oigal said there is simply no consistency in Indonesia – unless its the consistency of short term interests.

  7. avatar erwin says:
    June 10th, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    I think the president gave the pardon by the pack to make the other players will not be afraid With the ever penalty in Indonesia

  8. avatar jim says:
    December 29th, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Corby’s sister is wasting her money trying to get clemency
    Indon gov is not stupid, corby is a gold mine, monies coming in from visitors, court proceedings and other bs. Bali bomb memorial is also another bs to attract more dollars. The memorial was also built by aus taxpayers.

  9. avatar Chris says:
    February 4th, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Interesting article about clemency for drug offenders in Indonesia and its relation to clemency for Indonesians on death row overseas.

  10. avatar madrotter says:
    February 8th, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    interesting indeed, thanks chris, i love insideindonesia, they report stuff that’s not usually reported



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