‘No evidence’ conviction wrong
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.