Erwin Siregar plans to travel to Australia within weeks on a
mission to unearth new facts, saying he and Corby were not giving
up hope that she could be freed.
Siregar said he would prepare an "extraordinary appeal" for
Corby after Indonesia's Supreme Court rejected what should have
been her final appeal against her drug smuggling conviction.
The court yesterday confirmed it had reinstated the original
20-year jail term handed to Corby, reversing a lower appeals court
decision last year to reduce it to 15 years.
However, other lawyers in Bali said "no law book in Indonesia"
contained a legal manoeuvre like the one planned by Siregar.
He and Corby's family today visited the 28-year-old Gold Coast
woman inside Bali's Kerobokan prison.
Siregar said Corby was angry and sobbing, but had not lost
"It's not over," Siregar quoted Corby as saying.
"She still says to me that she is not guilty" because she did
not know 4.1kg of marijuana had been planted in her bodyboard bag,
It is understood Corby was shattered to hear the half-brother
who was with her at Bali airport when she was arrested was facing
drug and assault charges stemming from a violent home invasion in
James Kisina, 18, faced a court south of Brisbane yesterday, his
lawyer saying Kisina had broken into the home because he'd learned
its occupants were allegedly drug dealers and could have
information helpful to Corby's bid for freedom.
The lawyer also told the court Kisina would vigorously defend
police allegations, made in an affidavit, that he was involved in
Siregar said Corby would not seek a presidential pardon, which
are rarely granted anyway, because to do so she would have to admit
The legal team is also not interested in asking the supreme
court to conduct a judicial review of the case, another avenue that
rarely leads to freedom.
Instead, Siregar wants the case reopened by the supreme court
and plans to launch his new legal bid within two to six weeks.
He said he would interview Corby's Bali-based sister Mercedes
Corby and other family members in his search for new evidence.
However, one prominent Bali defence lawyer cast doubt on the
viability of trying to resurrect the case after her latest appeal
was thrown out by the highest court in the land.
"It is not in any law book in Indonesia. There is no legal
avenue for it," said Wirawan Adnan, who defended some of the 2002
Bali bombers now on death row in the same prison as Corby.
"But sometimes the impossible can happen."
However, Wiswantanu Ida Bagus, the prosecutor in Corby's trial
last year said: "It is not possible to reopen the case".
The trial's presiding judge Lindon Sirait, who handed Corby her
original 20-year sentence, said the supreme court's decision had
"It's good that they upheld my verdict and sentence," he said.
"It means I was correct from the start."
Sirait also doubted Corby had any realistic legal avenues to
But Corby's mother Rosleigh Rose and father Michael Corby remain
They visited their imprisoned daughter today, taking with them
her half-sister Melanie and a bunch of flowers.
Rose declined to speak to reporters saying she was with the Nine
Network's A Current Affair program.
Michael Corby described Schapelle as "a strong girl" who was
trying to cope.
"She is just a poor bloody kid who is innocent," he said.
"There are other avenues. I don't know what other avenues there
are, but there must be."
He said news of the appeal's failure had devastated his
daughter, but not Prime Minister John Howard, Foreign Minister
Alexander Downer or Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick
Keelty. "They got what they wanted," he said.
In Canberra, Mr Howard declined to comment on the reinstatement
of Corby's sentence saying: "I am not going to place myself above
the Indonesian judiciary. That is a matter for the Indonesian
Indonesia's Foreign Ministry said the case would not affect
diplomatic relations between Jakarta and Canberra.
Spokesman Yuri Thamrin said the question of a pardon for Corby
would be solely at the discretion of President Susilo Bambang
Yudhoyono, who has launched tough anti-drugs policies since taking
office in 2004.
Thamrin doubted Corby would get "special treatment" from the
head of state.
A spokesman for the Indonesian Attorney-General's Office,
Masyhudi Ridwan, said that if Corby did try to seek clemency she
would first have to "ask for forgiveness".
Corby's Jakarta lawyer Hotman Paris Hutapea has threatened to
quit the case saying it is now "in ruins".
However, Siregar promised to go on "with this case until we
"I still believe that my client is innocent," he said.
He said now that the appeal decision had been handed down, Corby
was eligible for small sentence reductions routinely granted to
prisoners in Indonesia.
The next round of prisoner remissions will be in August for
Indonesia's Independence Day.
In Brisbane, Robin Tampoe, a lawyer who once acted for Corby
said she now needed a legal miracle.
"Unless something absolutely extraordinary happened now that
maybe would create the ability to reopen the trial or have a new
trial allocated, she's going to sit there for quite a while to
come," Tampoe told ABC Radio.