Last night we learned that Schapelle Corby twice attempted to harm herself with a knife this week while being interviewed by Indonesian parole officials. Both times being forcibly restrained by her family and members of the parole board who were present (details here).
If Schapelle Corby goes back to jail – which looks increasingly likely – it will not be the fault of the Indonesian justice system.
Fingers have already started to point to her family who have done immeasurable damage to someone they claim to love, but who appears to have become their meal ticket.
Reports from the Indonesian Parole Authority confirm that they will “probably” revoke Schapelle’s parole after Mercedes Corby gave an interview to Channel 7’s Sunday Night program which also featured exclusive footage of Schapelle at the beach with her brother and in the five star luxury resort where stayed for three weeks after her release. Paid for by Channel 7.
The Indonesian authorities had made it very clear that Schapelle should not do the interview, nor should she or her family profit from media deals due to the significant backlash in Indonesia about the fact that a convicted drug dealer was granted parole. There is understandable public outrage that since her release, a convicted criminal has been living in a degree of luxury unimaginable to the Balinese population. And reports of seven figure media deals for her first interview have also provoked public outrage in Bali.
How naive then, for the Corby family to look for a loophole to proceed with the interview when they knew it would antagonise Indonesian authorities.
How irresponsible of Mercedes Corby to comment on the details of her sister’s crime, insisting repeatedly that Schapelle is innocent and that the drugs may have come from Indonesia, not Australia, effectively saying the Indonesian justice system got it wrong and is incompetent, corrupt or both.
What on earth was the point of that? How could anyone think it was a good idea?
Schapelle is not a free woman.
She is out on parole at the liberty of the Indonesian government who can send her back to jail at any time – and now look very likely to do just that.
What was in it for the Corby family for Mercedes do that interview when the stakes are so incredibly high and when Schapelle’s mental state is clearly so dire? Money. That is all.
It’s hard to know whether the actions of the Corby clan, when dealing with the media over the past 10 years, are motivated by ignorance or greed. Clearly, they are not a worldly, educated family. But still, they have managed to accomplish some impressive things since Schapelle was first arrested with more than 5kg of drugs in her boogie board bag in 2004.