[Review by myself, editor of drugjail.com]
It's nearly 10 years since this devastating 'miscarriage of justice' took place.
When Indonesia became the 60th member of the United Nations on 28 September 1950, one of their promises, their obligations, was to respect Human Rights. Fast Forward 54 years and they sentence an innocent young woman to a virtual life sentence without a scrap of evidence, while her father is terminally ill with cancer. She would never see him again. This is tantamount to `Cruel and unusual punishment' a direct breach of United Nations Chapter 4 Human Rights legislation. Indonesia signed up to this on 23 Oct 1985...then quickly forgot about it.
Back in 2004, as an innocent schapelle corby languished in a disease ridden prison cell, with no help from the Australian government and battling Indonesia's wild-west legal system - someone needed to stand up and help publish the truth. Thankfully one journalist did. Kathryn Bonella spent months diligently helping Schapelle tell her tragic story and document the growing mountain of evidence in her favour. The result - a detailed account of the truth in black and white. No More Tomorrows proves that there is not a crumb of evidence to suggest any guilt whatsoever. In a democratic country it would be considered an unsafe conviction. So much for the United Nations...
Nearly 10 years ago, Schapelle Corby was nursing her cancer ridden father when she took a much deserved break. A testament to her character, she had decided to take on the role of carer. So, this holiday was a chance to unwind, a few days in Bali, some surfing to relieve the stress of caring for her father. Fate took an evil turn. That very day, as Australian Federal Police records prove, corrupt baggage handlers were engaged in drug smuggling at the very airport Schapelle was unfortunate to pass through - Sydney Airport. Another airport Brisbane (yes, she took a non direct flight..a drug smuggler would never do that) had no x-ray screening equipment despite the atrocities of 911 taking place 3 years earlier. This is negligence on a criminal scale.
Schapelle and her devoted family were unable to secure CCTV and luggage weight evidence from one of the world's leading airlines, Quantas. Clearly nobody from the Chief Executive Geoff Dixon to the board of management had a daughter or an ounce of empathy. Not one lone voice was prepared to speak out. If this had been 911 part 2 and a pillow of anthrax or explosives had been allowed to pass through two Australian airports unnoticed, there would be the mother of all inquiries. Airport operators, airline executives and baggage handlers would all be hauled in for police questioning.
Here is just a brief overview of some of the evidence:
- Absolutely no motive. Why on earth would an attractive, intelligent 27 year old need a pillow sized amount of hash on a brief surfing holiday?
- Schapelle had written her address on her bag.
- From day 1, Corby family have constantly pleased for CCTV, fingerprint, DNA and other evidence to be provided. A guilty person would not and could not do that.
- Authorities were well aware of drug smuggling by baggage handlers, cocaine was discovered on the same day by the AFP. Subsequent ongoing criminal investigations (Operation Marca) have proved that high level organised crime was rife at Sydney Airport.
- The profit on selling this quantity of hash by flying it to Bali would be wiped out by the cost of the flights. it would make no sense. Anyone trying to sell Hash in Bali would be selling ice to Eskimos.
There is far deeper and more detailed evidence than just the above.
Experts such as Professor Paul Wilson, the head of Criminology at Queensland's Bond University have said that Schapelle's manner in court, the sheer devastation she displays, is way beyond that of someone guilty. A guilty person would be able to cope with the knowledge that they deserve some kind of punishment. Their mental health would be saved in some degree because of the knowledge that at least they did something they are being accused of.. But Schapelle's behaviour is way beyond someone who got caught and is acting. She knows she did nothing wrong and that is why she is so distraught. In the same way that a guilty criminal in court tries to mitigate the situation by trying to appear calm, wearing a suit and trying to appear softly spoken, an innocent person wrongly convicted is just devastated. They can't act.
This is an important book that goes way beyond just telling Schapelle's story. It is the story of international diplomacy gone wrong. A country, Indonesia, that has blindly been labelled as a holiday paradise where parents send their teenagers as an end of exam treat and where drugs and corruption are just bubbling under the surface.