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The quality of mercy


MAJOR UPDATE, SATURDAY, 28th MAY 2017


Before you say anything, I know that this page has been in urgent need of an update for a very long time. So why has it taken me so long to get around to it?

This question will be answered shortly. First, however, I'd like to make a few introductory remarks.

As I write this, at about 2.30a.m. Australian Eastern Standard Time, Schapelle Corby is on her way home to Australia by plane from Bali, where she has spent the last 13 years: in prison (9 years) and on parole (4 years).


F I N A L L Y


Schapelle's imminent return has been in the news for the past few days. The standard format, across all media channels that I've seen, is to refer unremittingly to Schapelle as "convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby".

(This page has been in my website since I launched it in mid-2006, almost eleven years ago. It's had a few updates, most recently on 7th April 2010.)

In case you don't know what this is about, may I ask you to visit the Wikipedia page about Schapelle. Please note that it's a long, complicated, messy story with numerous very disturbing overtones.

The main aspect of the saga which convinced me that Schapelle has been the victim of a colossal miscarriage of justice was the fact that the material evidence in the case was destroyed (burnt) before the trial, so that it was not available for Schapelle's legal team to use to prove her innocence. (It didn't take me very long to decide to post this page within my website, let me tell you.) There are plenty of other very nasty aspects which, to my mind, only serve to reinforce my opinion in the matter.

I don't want to go into all the details here. Instead, may I ask you to visit this page, posted by a support group entitled "People for Schapelle Corby", for further background.

Just a few more things to say, before I wind this up:

I've been quite disgusted to observe the flippant rudeness of many commentators, from across the media spectrum - even on the ABC, for heaven's sake - in their reporting style about this over the last few days. Even worse is the behaviour of the feral "paparazzi", who - it seems - have learned nothing over the past two decades. Shame on them all.

It was also quite nauseating to see on my TV screen a smug, smirking official, commenting - in a sanctimonious and patronizing way - about how Schapelle's "behaviour" has improved over the last few years. Respect?   Zilch!!!

I believe that, as must always happen when there's injustice, the truth will come out eventually. I just hope it happens sooner rather than later.

I mentioned earlier that I'd put off for a long time updating this page. Why?

The fact is that some people - the "Bali Nine" - were indeed involved in drug-smuggling in Indonesia a few years ago. The two ringleaders, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, were sentenced to death. Despite compelling evidence that they were both clearly remorseful and rehabilitated during their time in prison, the executions - by firing squad - went ahead on 29th April 2015.

I thought, in the lead up to these ugly events and afterwards, that it might be an idea to "keep my head down", for the time being at least. It occurred to me that - although unlikely - the possibility existed that to comment on any of the issues surrounding Schapelle's case might perhaps have undesirable ramifications. So I took the view that discretion may well be the better part of valour. However, with Schapelle returning and soon to be safely back on home soil, I think that now is the time - finally - to have my say.


Welcome home, Schapelle - and may you soon find the justice that has been denied you for so long.


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The quality of mercy

The quality of mercy is not strained:
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath: It is twice blessed;
It blesses him that gives, and him that takes...

- from William Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice", Act IV, Scene 1


Today (Friday, 27th May, 2005), the world witnessed an act which was devoid of mercy. After more than two hours, during which every piece of evidence both for the prosecution and the defence was presented in intricate detail, the judges in a case which will go down in history as a colossal miscarriage of justice decided to completely ignore the considerable arguments for the defence, and sentence a young Australian woman to twenty years in jail.

Was she guilty? Hardly anyone in her own country seems to think so - and this in a nation which has, in the past, been all too willing to condemn the innocent. Perhaps Australia is waking up at last; and natural justice, with room for mercy, is beginning to be understood here. Also, notably, in that country in which this ugly deed has been perpetrated, there are quite clearly many who are just as horrified at the outcome as are her compatriots.

Of course, there must be a justice system. Of course, it will never be perfect. Of course, the guilty will sometimes go free.

So we shouldn't be too surprised if, sometimes, the innocent are convicted.

Schapelle, your dignity in the face of great pomposity and cruelty places you head and shoulders above the system which has let you down so badly. Your soul remains free; nobody can ever rob you of that.

It's easy to become angry; it's difficult to reign it in. I know this from experience: losing one's temper can get one into great trouble. Patience is a hard lesson to learn, and perhaps we can never learn it completely. But today, Schapelle Corby shone like a beacon, a tower of strength to all right-minded people, and a bright, burning, searing light to those for whom the phrase "the quality of mercy" has no meaning.

Schapelle, millions of Australians - and, I'm quite sure, millions around the world - are with you in spirit, sharing your imprisonment in their hearts. Never give up; in the end, real justice must triumph over small-mindedness and vengeance. You are an inspiration to us all.


'Tis mightiest in the mightiest: it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown;
His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptred sway;
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings,
It is an attribute to God himself;
And earthly power doth then show likest God's
When mercy seasons justice...

Please, take the time to visit the following website, and lend a hand:

PLEASE - HELP BRING SCHAPELLE HOME

UPDATE, Thursday, 18th September 2008

This page has been a part of my website since I launched it in early July 2006. I made a point then of placing it at the top of my "Main Menu" (see the link at the bottom of this page); and it's still there. It can continue to stay there until justice is finally done.

I've known for some time that this page was in urgent need of an update. In particular, Ms. Corby is no longer under threat of a death sentence, so that the "Don't shoot Schapelle" message is out of date. However, she is still in custody, serving a 20-year sentence. The graphic link, above, still "works" - i.e. the page to which it points still exists, and is worth a visit.

The opportunity to update this page in a meaningful way came yesterday. I'm in touch with Schapelle's support group, and receive regular emails with news about her situation and requests for support in practical ways. Such an email came yesterday. I replied and asked if it would be OK for me to include the contents of the email within this page; and the answer was an enthusiastic "Yes".

So that's what I've done. Before reading it, however, may I invite you to visit either or both of the following websites to get some background, if you're not already familiar with the case:

http://www.schapelle.net/

http://www.freeschapelle.com.au/

There are plenty of other links to follow within those pages.

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Now, here is the text, just as it came, of yesterday's email:


The four year anniversary of Schapelle Corby's imprisonment will fall on October 8, 2008.

At this time, we are asking ALL of our members to join us in a mass mailing of our "Release Schapelle Proposal" to the Indonesian President. Please take the time to read this email and see how your small effort can have a huge impact on securing Schapelle's release. We are NOT asking for donations or money, so please read on.

I am attaching a pre-written letter and will ask each one of you to print two copies of this letter and mail as instructed below. We ask that you send your copies ON OR BEFORE SEPT 28, 2008 if at all possible. Please feel free to write your own letter if you prefer. It is important that all correspondence to the Indonesian President is polite and positive.

A lot of questions have arisen in regards to all the controversy involved in this case. Schapelle Corby is unquestionably innocent and there are so many facts that lead us to believe in her innocence. If you ever sit and wonder about all the maybes in this case. Please remember: MAYBES are what keep people OUT of prison in a civilized society. Would you want to be locked up for 20 years on a MAYBE?

If your answer is no, then please take the time to join us in this World Wide Chain of Care. With full respect to everyone's busy, busy lives, we request this small effort on your part. You cannot imagine how much this would mean to Schapelle and her family, as well as all of us who believe in and cherish our freedom.

For those who feel that they can offer more, by all means make additional copies of the letter and provide them to friends, neighbours, family or work colleagues - anyone who might take the time to mail them as well. Every single effort counts!!! Thank you all so much!!!

Lastly, we are trying to record the number of letters mailed as an inspiration to everyone involved, and to let Schapelle know how much we all care. I humbly request that you send a quick "reply" to this email and let us know that you sent the letters. For anyone who sent more than one please just indicate the number of letters sent and where you are from. We really need all the numbers we can get!!!

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this email. Let's tell the World and Schapelle that we care!!!!

PS: We'd like you to tell all of your friends about this - Please click here to Tell A Friend: (http://www.freeschapelle.com.au/tellafriend.htm)

Warmest regards,

Schapelle Supporters United.


INSTRUCTIONS:

Print two copies of the following letter (one copy for the Indonesian President, and one copy for the Australian Prime Minister). Sign your name and address or just country of origin if you prefer. Schedule a time for a quick trip to your nearest Post Office and you're done!!!

Mail Copy #1 to:

The Honorable President
Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Gedung Bina Graha Lt.2
JL Veteran No 16
Jakarta - Indonesia

Mail Copy # 2 to:

The Hon Kevin Rudd MP
Prime Minister of Australia
Parliament House
CANBERRA ACT 2600
Australia


The Letter:

September 20th, 2008

The Honorable President
Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Gedung Bina Graha Lt.2
JL Veteran No 16
Jakarta - Indonesia

WITHOUT PREJUDICE

RE: Alternative Proposal for Schapelle Leigh Corby

Your Excellency:

I am writing to ask if you would be willing to consider a special release for Schapelle Leigh Corby, the Australian woman currently serving a 20 year sentence in Kerobokan prison for drug trafficking.

There are several very good reasons for doing so.

The most important, in my opinion, is that Ms. Corby can be an extremely valuable ally in the war on drugs.

Schapelle Corby is only one of over 200 Australians imprisoned in foreign jails. It is clear that the Australian government needs to educate young people about the need for responsible and respectful behavior when traveling abroad.

I believe that Schapelle Corby would be an ideal candidate for this. She has an enormous public following in Australia, and hundreds of supporters who could be mobilized to support the program. She knows what it's like to be arrested in a foreign country, to face a possible death sentence, and to serve time in prison.

Why not send her home to speak to high school and university students about her experiences? If she could talk to the next Scott Rush or Renae Lawrence before they get involved in trafficking, many senseless tragedies could be prevented.

This can be done very easily with the cooperation of the Australian government.

In an interview published on August 24 of this year, Kay Danes of Foreign Prisoners Support Service called publicly for an educational program targeted at youthful travelers. It is a brilliant idea, and I sincerely hope that both you and Prime Minister Kevin Rudd of Australia will pursue it.

The other reasons concern the basic facts of the case.

It is a fact that Australians involved in trafficking are moving drugs out of Indonesia - not in.

It is a fact that Ms. Corby has never been a drug addict, and was not desperate for money.

It is a fact that no attempt was made to conceal the marijuana in her luggage.

It is a fact that this unconcealed drug shipment had to pass through heavy airport security in the middle of a terrorism alert.

It is a fact that drug traffickers have been known to use the luggage of innocent travelers to move drugs around Australia.

Sir, these are the reasons why Ms. Corby now has over 500 registered international supporters, with more signing up every week. It is extremely difficult for us to understand why she would attempt to commit a crime like this under these circumstances.

Please consider the following two possibilities:

1) The drugs were being shipped within Australia by unknown traffickers. They were placed in her luggage without her knowledge, but the traffickers failed to remove them later.

2) The drugs were planted in Bali by unknown traffickers as a diversion. While the police were focusing on Ms. Corby, a more valuable shipment was being moved out of a different part of the airport.

This second technique - sacrificing a drug shipment as a diversion - has been used by traffickers before.

Either way, the result has been a tragic miscarriage of justice that has done enormous and unnecessary harm to your country's reputation.

In conclusion, please accept my assurances that Ms. Corby and her supporters are not the enemies of your country. They are aware of the problems that drugs are causing in your country, and would gladly assist your people in solving them if given an opportunity to do so.

cc. Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister of Australia

Sincerely,


- and I've just sent off my two letters (under my real name, of course). How about you? Will you get involved?

UPDATE, Thursday, 4th December 2008

Last Saturday (29th November), I received an email from the Schapelle Support and Lobby Network, with whom I am in touch (see above). Attached was a Word document, a 2008 Season's Greeting Card. With their permission, I have made it available in this website; you can download it, if you wish, by right-clicking here (~4.5Mb).

Also in that email (the group's December 2008 Newsletter) is the following request:


Special Announcement: The http://www.schapelle.net/ web owner in the
U.K. has asked for as many of us as possible to send a photo of ourselves
holding up a sign saying, "(name of your city) says, 'FREE SCHAPELLE'"


Let's do whatever it takes to achieve the desired result: Schapelle, home with her family, as soon as possible.

UPDATE, Sunday, 31st May 2009

I've just received another email from Schapelle's support group. It has prompted me to add this update.

Her health has deteriorated; she has been admitted to a Bali psychiatric hospital with depression. With 16 years of her 20-year sentence still to serve, it seems that she has given up hope of ever being released.

- And she is still innocent. Please visit the following link:

http://www.schapelle.net/faq.html

- which gives a summary of Schapelle's real-life horror story. There are links to several YouTube videos within that page; please take the time to view them all:


THE SCHAPELLE CORBY NIGHTMARE

Burying The Truth: Burying Schapelle Corby

Rumpole versus Murdoch
(holding the media to account)

"Tidak Bersalah (I'm Not Guilty)"
- a song of protest by indie-pop artist Tara Hack


PLEASE - GET INVOLVED


How can we be content to live in a world in which this kind
of thing can happen without doing something to help?

UPDATE, Wednesday, 7th April 2010

A few days ago I received as an email attachment the latest newsletter from Schapelle's support network. In it was a mention of a song written for Schapelle by an Aussie bloke named Peter Reynolds. I was immediately interested, and visited Mr. Reynolds' website to see what it was all about.

He has recorded two versions of the song, "Mr. Yudhoyono". I downloaded both versions and listened to them, and then sent an email to Mr. Reynolds to ask for permission to post one or both versions here. He has asked me to post the second version of the song. You can left-click here to play it directly:

- or you can right-click on this link to save it to your hard disc.

If you'd like to visit Mr. Reynolds' website - which is well worth a look - click here. (You can download either or both versions of the song there, if you wish.)

Spread the word. The better known this song becomes, the more likely it is that someone in authority will hear it, and that the "penny will drop". Let's do whatever we can to achieve our main aim: Schapelle, back home in Australia with her family, as soon as possible.

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