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Jakarta Post

Politics, lawsuits jeopardize Corby’s clemency

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 30 2012   /  07:22 am

In this Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2005 file photo, former beauty student Schapelle Leigh Corby, center, who is currently serving 20 years in an Indonesian prison for drug smuggling, is escorted by police officers after her appeal hearing at the district court in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia.(AP/Firdia Lisnawati, File)Critics of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono have promised to take action in the House and the courts to overturn his decision to grant clemency to Australian drug convict Schapelle Corby.

Politicians, experts and activists have accused Yudhoyono of weak diplomacy after he approved a five-year cut to the prison sentence of Corby, who was convicted of smuggling marijuana.

People’s Conscience Party (Hanura) lawmaker Sarifuddin Sudding said that several of his peers had agreed to initiate an interpellation, which might see Yudhoyono or his ministers appear before a House...