"You ask people, even business people: 'Give me words about Indonesia.' You get Schapelle Corby, terrorism, dictatorship."
- The complete lack of evidence against her, and a conviction that would not stand up in any Australian court.
Robert’s arrest over 1.7 grams of marijuana has disturbing parallels to the heartbreaking ordeal of Schapelle Corby, who is currently serving 20 years in Kerobokan after being convicted of smuggling 4.1kg of marijuana in a boogie-board bag in 2004.
Both were arrested at Denpasar’s Ngurah Rai Airport en route to family holidays, both hotly denied any wrongdoing. Both asked to see any CCTV footage covering their departure from Australia and their arrival in Bali. Both also begged for the drugs allegedly found in their luggage to be finger-printed, as proof of guilt or innocence.
But all their requests were refused. Instead, they were paraded before the local media while back-slapping police and customs officers passed around the so-called ‘evidence’ – contaminating it forever.
‘My experience certainly raises a lot of important questions about the Corby case,’ says Robert, a veteran trade unionist, political candidate and anti-corruption whistleblower, who travelled to Bali for a five-day break with his son Josh Daley, 21.
‘There’s definitely a racket going on over there. The entire system is corrupt. One thing is certain, that you are going to be found guilty – it’s just a question of how long it takes.
‘Then you buy your sentence, the more money, the lighter it is, and if you don’t pay you’re stuffed. The problem with Schapelle was that it all got blown out of proportion and then she had no chance. It nearly happened to me too.’
. . . from a publication that hangs around for months in millions of waiting rooms and homes all over the country. Then on Monday 25th October 2010, the gross discrepancies in her trial and conviction were hi-lited again in another prominent New Idea piece, quote . . .
"Despite Schapelle's requests, authorities failed to fingerprint the drugs found in her boogie board bag, or to examine airport CCTV footage. They also didn't compare the weight of her luggage on departure from Brisbane and arrival in Denpasar."
And that was after nearly 2 million Australians were told in this Woman's Day article that Schapelle's routinely taunted by Indonesian prison guards, who call her a "White Monkey. " The majority of their readers want her home now, as do nearly 85% of the Herald Sun's customers.
This constant and escalating barrage of ugly publicity will not stop while Schapelle remains incarcerated in an Indonesian hell hole, because her story fascinates the Australian public and sells magazines (and other media), like hotcakes.