Saturday, May 14, 2011

Schapelle Corby & John Quiggin

ADDIT - Here's John's completely hollow (and intellectually vacuous), response, that does not address a single piece of the information he's been given (the link also includes my further questions). I've asked him to back up his unsupported assertion about Schapelle's trial, but I won't hold my breathe waiting. Blind prejudice isn't rational, even though lawyer Roger A Smith, at Civil Liberties Australia (also expert in Indonesian law) agrees that Schapelle's trial was a sham. ADDIT - a further reply from John Quiggin 15 May 2011 & my response. ADDIT - Another reply from John Quiggin & my response. John Quiggin also says (here), he does not support the death penalty for drug smuggling in Indonesia and thinks the penalty inflicted on Schapelle was too severe.

One of the things that really, really annoys me is ill-informed comment from people you expect to know better. The other thing is how the same people that support David Hicks and Julian Assange (and know those subjects better than the proverbial duck's bottom), can't be bothered to inform themselves about Schapelle, then feel completely comfortable to take aim at her whenever the fancy strikes. It stinks of misogyny to me. Ann Summers was right. So let's get some fact straight . . .

Schapelle is gravely ill, and may die if she does not come home soon.

She is an honest woman, with a clean record.

There is not a shred of evidence against her admissible in any Australian court - and for very obvious economic reasons, a flow of marijuana FROM Australia TO Indonesia does not exist, and never has.

Indonesian terrorists, murderers, head-chopping child killers, drug dealing prison bosses and other major drug criminals are all doing (or have done) far less time than Schapelle.

On the exact day (and the exact time), Schapelle flew, Sydney Airport Qantas baggage handlers (with criminal records longer than your arm), helped to import 10 kilos of cocaine in the bags of an unwitting airline passenger. Between June and December 2004, they imported over $65 million worth of the drug this way, in cahoots with an Ian Robert Chalmers. He was a director of Macquarie Bank, who own the air terminal. This was also the day every shred of CCTV footage (and X-ray imagery), that Schapelle begged for "Vanished" without explanation.

None of the criminal baggage handlers (like Norman Niass and Easton Barrington James) were ever sentenced (page 42), and one was paid $800,000 (and allowed to keep three quarters of a million dollars of his criminal earnings), when he threatened to blow the whistle on corrupt police. The former Head of Internal Investigations (of the AFP), openly accused his colleagues of corruption - and Allan Kessing unequivocally said Schapelle was the victim of airport corruption. Also, other passengers have found drugs of unknown origin in their luggage after flying from Australia to Bali (an account confirmed by former minister Alexander Downer, page 2).

Now, have I missed anything? Just a couple of thing maybe, the very senior cop in charge of "Watching" those criminal Qantas baggage handlers is now on remand in jail, on very serious drug charges - and there was no Australian police investigation into the Australian source of the drugs found in Schapelle's bag.