‘No ev­i­dence’ con­vic­tion wrong

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - JOE SPAGNOLO

FOR­EIGN Af­fairs Min­is­ter Julie Bishop has dis­missed claims by Schapelle Corby’s mother that po­lice and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials with­held proof of her daugh­ter’s in­no­cence.

As Corby last night pre­pared to fly back to Aus­tralia, Ms Bishop said she be­lieved the Aus­tralian’s con­vic­tion for drug traf­fick­ing was cor­rect.

She had “not seen any in­for­ma­tion in any Depart­ment of For­eign Af­fairs and Trade doc­u­men­ta­tion that would sug­gest that the con­vic­tion should be over­turned”.

“As For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter, I have seen no ev­i­dence to sug­gest that the con­vic­tion was wrong,” Ms Bishop said.

“I have seen no ev­i­dence and I have seen no in­for­ma­tion that would sug­gest a re­view [of her con­vic­tion] was re­quired.”

Corby’s mother, Rosleigh Rose, last week claimed for­mer Aus­tralian Fed­eral Po­lice com­mis­sioner Mick Keelty, ex-for­eign min­is­ter Alexan­der Downer and for­mer cus­toms min­is­ter Chris El­li­son knew the truth about her daugh­ter’s in­no­cence.

Corby, 39, was set to be de­ported from Bali last night af­ter her pa­role ended for smug­gling 4.2kg of cannabis in a body­board bag in 2004.

Ms Bishop said Corby’s ex­pe­ri­ence should serve as a harsh re­minder to Aus­tralians trav­el­ling over­seas.

“When you leave Aus­tralia’s shores and travel to an­other coun­try you are sub­ject to the laws and the ju­di­cial sys­tem of that coun­try,” she said.

Julie Bishop

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.