An Indonesian MP has urged the country’s president to reject a clemency request from “Marijuana Queen (Schapelle) Corby”, saying she deserves punishment.
The development comes after it was revealed earlier this month that Indonesia’s Justice Ministry had recommended that Corby be granted a significant cut in her 20-year sentence on humanitarian grounds.
Indonesia’s Supreme Court has also recommended that the 34-year-old, caught in 2004 attempting to smuggle 4.1 kilograms of marijuana into Bali in a bodyboard bag, receive a five-year cut in her sentence.
But Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) member Nasir Jamil has called for Dr Yudhoyono to reject the advice, saying that ‘Marijuana Queen Corby’ deserved a heavy punishment and that she should serve out her full prison term.
‘The ministry and the Supreme Court should consider the impacts of the clemency,’ Jamil said.
‘Don’t be afraid of denying her a clemency.
‘(Because of) the highly dangerous effects of narcotics, making the perpetrators, in this case ‘Marijuana Queen Corby’, learn their lesson is necessary.’
PKS is the leading Islamic party in Indonesia and holds 57 seats in parliament.
It is well known for its anti-pornography stance and favouring heavy penalties for people convicted under Indonesia’s harsh narcotics laws.
Jamil also rejected a suggestion two weeks ago by Justice minister Amir Syamsuddin that Corby’s clemency application could be granted in return for Australia releasing Indonesians jailed for people-smuggling offences.
Corby has already had two years cut from her sentence for good behaviour as part of remissions announced each year at Christmas and on Indonesia’s Independence Day.
Her clemency application, lodged in March 2010, appealed for an early release on the grounds she was suffering from a mental illness that could endanger her life.
Corby’s family has confirmed she is being treated with anti-depressant and anti-psychotic drugs.