Friday, May 27, 2005

Corby gets 20 years.

I'm not sure if you hear this piece of news anywhere else in the world (pssst... because it is an Australian thing), but Schapelle Corby is sentenced to 20 years in prison. Serving in Bali no less.

Well if you don't know who this woman is, here's what happened to her. She was going to Bali with friends and family for a holiday, bringing surfboard and stuff. Upon arriving at Bali airport, she was stopped at the customs after picking up her luggage. The customs people opened up her bag and found one GIGANTIC TRANSPARENT bag of marijuana in her bag.

Naturally, she was prosecuted and now sentenced to prison.

Many people have different opinion on this. Schappelle, of course, is saying that she's innocent someone planted it there.

Some Australians, maybe blinded by pure national pride or born without common sense or have this "Aussies can do no wrong" mentality, are standing up for her in the weirdest ways. They are demanding that the PM go talk to the Bali court and release her immediately. Hello? Common sense please. She's under the jurisdiction of ANOTHER COUNTRY and how can you show such plain disregard for another country? Release her out of jail without a trial? Fat hope.

I don't know what to think of this situation. On one hand, I believe that she's innocent because who in their right frame of mind would smuggle 4.1kg of marijuana in a CLEAR PLASTIC BAG FOR EVERYONE TO SEE? Who would just stuff it in the bag without concealing it beneath tons of clothes or camouflaging it with potpourri? Ok, potpourri comes to mind cuz marijuana was in the "leaf" form.

As I learn over the years, from the educational tv shows no less, people go to great lengths to smuggle contraband goods. They wrap it. They stuff it. They scotchtape the thing till it's unrecognizable. And they wrap it somemore with black plastic so it wouldn't show it's DRUGS. Even your local DVD seller would hand you your pirated DVDs in black plastic so it will not show. Here, there's this sloppiness that comes to mind. Not concealing the damn drug at all is just plain stupid.

Then again, she's not your quiet meek little girl who's next in line to an angel. Her background is a little dubious and she has that shifty look. I know a person's background and looks have nothing to do with the case but the IMPRESSION someone has about you can really do you in.

Well, at least I don't have to hear about her case in the news every night now. Guilty of possession of trafficking. 20 years. She's gonna be old by the time she gets out.



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