by Tony Wilson
A MYSTERY caller to
Schapelle Corby’s legal team
could be the key to her release.
In a dramatic development on
the eve of Ms Corby’s trial being
reopened in the Denpasar court,
Balinese lawyer Erwin Siregar says
the man made an international
phone call to the legal team yesterday
afternoon to say there was
‘someone’ who knew who put the
4.1kg of marijuana in Ms Corby’s
But Mr Siregar said the caller,
whom he thought phoned from
Australia, said the person with the
information was not prepared to
come forward unless immunity
The lawyer said he hoped the
Australian Government would
therefore reconsider their position
on granting immunity.
Ms Corby was being strong for
her family during the countdown
to the court appearance today.
Her mother, Rosleigh Rose,
said she spent time alone with the
28-year-old in Kerobokan jail yesterday
‘‘Schapelle kept saying to me
‘it’ll be fine, Mum’ and she was
being strong for me again, but we
all know it will be a very hard
day,’’ she said.
Ms Corby’s sister, Mercedes,
said getting witnesses to testify
had become a frustrating exercise.
‘‘A Sydney police officer,
Detective Chief Inspector Jason
Breton, whose report on Sydney
airport is really damning, told
me yesterday through another officer
that he had nothing to offer,’’
‘‘A Qantas security officer
based at Brisbane airport who said
in a letter that she wrote to the
family that security there was so
lax that she could take a gun
through the airport was just lukewarm
when I spoke to her and
then the phone dropped out and it
has been switched off since.
‘‘Even Melbourne couple Steve
and Dee, who came to Bali and
found compressed marijuana in
their suitcase in 1997 and were
told by the Australian Consulate
to throw the drugs away, are
having troubles yet they are keen
‘‘Even though the drugs
weren’t theirs and were planted
like the 4.1kg of marijuana found
in Schapelle’s unlocked boogieboard
bag, they can’t get immunity
in Australia and the Indonesian
Government never grants it, according
to Hotman (Paris Hutapea,
the high-profile leader of Ms
Corby’s legal team).
‘‘If they come to Bali they
could be charged with bringing
drugs into the country.
‘‘Even the Bali drug squad
boss, Colonel Bambang Sugiarto,
who told Bali TV that his
investigators could not complete
their investigation because the evidence
was tainted, may not be
allowed by his superiors to give
This would leave the only definite
witness today as Jakarta law
professor Indriyanto Seno Adji.
Mr Hutapea and Mr Siregar
plan to ask for a two-week
adjournment. They hope to have
some Australian witnesses – including
a retired Victorian police
officer – for early August.
Mr Hutapea said if the Bali
High Court refused to grant an
adjournment he would attempt to
have the case moved to the Supreme
Court in Jakarta.
‘‘But I’m hopeful they will give
us the adjournment,’’ he said.