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This thread is to post news stories and event going on around the world. Here is an article that caught my eye.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4585295.stm



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Indonesian Court Finds Australian Guilty in Drug Case
BY CHRIS BRUMMITT, AP
BALI, Indonesia (May 27) -- An Australian woman was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday for smuggling nine pounds of marijuana onto Indonesia's Bali island, prompting her mother to shout ''Liar!'' at the judge and her nation's prime minister to express sympathy.
Schapelle Corby, 27, wept as the verdict was announced in a case. She could have faced the death penalty, but prosecutors requested a life sentence.

Corby's mother, Rosleigh Rose, yelled out, ''Liar! Liar!'' and had to be restrained in the front row of the courtroom gallery. Other relatives shouted, ''We are going to get you home! We love you!''

Corby turned to her tearful parents and mouthed, ''Just relax. It's OK.''

Corby's case was closely watched in Australia, where actor Russell Crowe said last month that photographs of the beauty school student during her trial ''broke my heart.''

Australia had pressed Jakarta to avoid a death penalty and allow her to serve any prison sentence back home.

After the verdict was announced, the Australian government offered to send two senior lawyers to help Corby's appeal and said it would begin negotiating with Jakarta on a prisoner transfer pact.

''Guilty or innocent, I feel for this young woman,'' Prime Minister John Howard said. ''I ask that we all pause and understand the situation and recognize and respect that when we visit other countries we are subject to the laws and rules of those countries.''

Corby was arrested in October after airport authorities found the marijuana in her surfboard bag as she arrived on Bali for a family holiday.

Corby's lawyers alleged the drugs were planted by airport baggage handlers in Australia as part of a drug-smuggling operation and that they ended up in Bali by mistake.

But judges at the Denpasar District Court said the defense produced no convincing evidence to support that claim.

Judge Wayan Suastrawan noted that customs officers testified that Corby looked ''nervous'' and ''tried not to open the bag'' when asked to by customs officials, adding: ''Judges are of the opinion that the accused imported marijuana. She was arrested red-handed at the airport.''

Before the hearing, Corby's lawyers said she was ''terrified.''

''She's probably the worst I've ever seen her,'' lawyer Robin Tampoe told Australian television's Nine Network. ''She tries to put on a brave face but there was a lot of crying.''

After the judges issued the sentence, Corby was allowed to hug her weeping parents before being led away to jail by about 20 police officers.

Outside the courtroom, Corby's sister, Mercedes, said the family would appeal the verdict.

''This is not fair,'' she yelled. ''We will get Schapelle home.''

Corby could have faced a maximum penalty of death under Indonesia's tough anti-drug laws, which do not distinguish between marijuana and harder drugs like heroin or cocaine. It was unclear if prosecutors, who had requested a life sentence for Corby, also were planning to appeal the verdict as permitted under Indonesian law.

Corby drew little sympathy or media attention in Indonesia, where the government is under pressure to crack down on rampant illegal drug use that kills scores of young, mostly poor people each year.

Indonesia, which like Australia, imprisons scores of foreigners for drug smuggling each year, says it sees no need to grant Corby any special exemptions. Her plight could complicate improving relations between the two neighboring countries in the fight against terrorism and in the aftermath of the Asian tsunami in December.
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Re: What's going on in the world? (International News stories)
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2005, 05:28:47 PM »
This thread is to post news stories and event going on around the world. Here is an article that caught my eye.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4585295.stm



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Indonesian Court Finds Australian Guilty in Drug Case
BY CHRIS BRUMMITT, AP
BALI, Indonesia (May 27) -- An Australian woman was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday for smuggling nine pounds of marijuana onto Indonesia's Bali island, prompting her mother to shout ''Liar!'' at the judge and her nation's prime minister to express sympathy.
Schapelle Corby, 27, wept as the verdict was announced in a case. She could have faced the death penalty, but prosecutors requested a life sentence.

Corby's mother, Rosleigh Rose, yelled out, ''Liar! Liar!'' and had to be restrained in the front row of the courtroom gallery. Other relatives shouted, ''We are going to get you home! We love you!''

Corby turned to her tearful parents and mouthed, ''Just relax. It's OK.''

Corby's case was closely watched in Australia, where actor Russell Crowe said last month that photographs of the beauty school student during her trial ''broke my heart.''

Australia had pressed Jakarta to avoid a death penalty and allow her to serve any prison sentence back home.

After the verdict was announced, the Australian government offered to send two senior lawyers to help Corby's appeal and said it would begin negotiating with Jakarta on a prisoner transfer pact.

''Guilty or innocent, I feel for this young woman,'' Prime Minister John Howard said. ''I ask that we all pause and understand the situation and recognize and respect that when we visit other countries we are subject to the laws and rules of those countries.''

Corby was arrested in October after airport authorities found the marijuana in her surfboard bag as she arrived on Bali for a family holiday.

Corby's lawyers alleged the drugs were planted by airport baggage handlers in Australia as part of a drug-smuggling operation and that they ended up in Bali by mistake.

But judges at the Denpasar District Court said the defense produced no convincing evidence to support that claim.

Judge Wayan Suastrawan noted that customs officers testified that Corby looked ''nervous'' and ''tried not to open the bag'' when asked to by customs officials, adding: ''Judges are of the opinion that the accused imported marijuana. She was arrested red-handed at the airport.''

Before the hearing, Corby's lawyers said she was ''terrified.''

''She's probably the worst I've ever seen her,'' lawyer Robin Tampoe told Australian television's Nine Network. ''She tries to put on a brave face but there was a lot of crying.''

After the judges issued the sentence, Corby was allowed to hug her weeping parents before being led away to jail by about 20 police officers.

Outside the courtroom, Corby's sister, Mercedes, said the family would appeal the verdict.

''This is not fair,'' she yelled. ''We will get Schapelle home.''

Corby could have faced a maximum penalty of death under Indonesia's tough anti-drug laws, which do not distinguish between marijuana and harder drugs like heroin or cocaine. It was unclear if prosecutors, who had requested a life sentence for Corby, also were planning to appeal the verdict as permitted under Indonesian law.

Corby drew little sympathy or media attention in Indonesia, where the government is under pressure to crack down on rampant illegal drug use that kills scores of young, mostly poor people each year.

Indonesia, which like Australia, imprisons scores of foreigners for drug smuggling each year, says it sees no need to grant Corby any special exemptions. Her plight could complicate improving relations between the two neighboring countries in the fight against terrorism and in the aftermath of the Asian tsunami in December.

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Re: What's going on in the world? (International News stories)
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2005, 05:30:25 PM »
That's what I'm saying. Don't be stupid when you go into another country. I think the sentence is a bit harsh but she does deserve to be punished if she did smuggle those drugs in.
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Re: What's going on in the world? (International News stories)
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2005, 05:32:24 PM »
That's what I'm saying. Don't be stupid when you go into another country. I think the sentence is a bit harsh but she does deserve to be punished if she did smuggle those drugs in.

People that are high always do dumb ish...Don't worry about me I get my drugs from my Government Pusher...Walgreens ;)
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Re: What's going on in the world? (International News stories)
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2005, 05:40:17 PM »
I like this thread.  Keep up the good work Muse.
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« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2005, 05:44:37 PM »
LMAO at your avatar...
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« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2005, 05:48:12 PM »
LMAO at your avatar...

I could have been fooling you all along..to get some inside black information. ;D

And you know I just commented so it would be all in everyone's face. :D

I wonder if there is a way to merge your picture with the white lady's picture? ;)
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« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2005, 05:51:13 PM »
LMAO at your avatar...

I could have been fooling you all along..to get some inside black information. ;D

And you know I just commented so it would be all in everyone's face. :D

I wonder if there is a way to merge your picture with the white lady's picture? ;)

You could crop her head and put it on your other shoulder :D
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Re: What's going on in the world? (International News stories)
« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2005, 05:51:46 PM »
Inside of me is a blonde ready to come out.
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« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2005, 05:52:33 PM »
LMAO at your avatar...

I could have been fooling you all along..to get some inside black information. ;D

And you know I just commented so it would be all in everyone's face. :D

I wonder if there is a way to merge your picture with the white lady's picture? ;)

You could crop her head and put it on your other shoulder :D

Thanks, I will get to work on that right away.
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