MPs urge Indonesia to refuse Australian trafficker parole
JAKARTA (AFP) - Indonesian lawmakers on Thursday urged the government to refuse Australian drug trafficker Schapelle Corby parole a day before a decision is due, citing current poor ties between Jakarta and Canberra.
"We expressed deep regret about and objection to" the prospect of the inmate being released early, said lawmaker Taslim Chaniago, reading from a letter signed by eight MPs that was handed to Justice Minister Amir Syamsuddin.
However, Mr Syamsuddin insisted he would follow the letter of the law when deciding on Corby's case. He is due to announce his decision on Friday and speculation has been mounting that he will grant her early release.
Corby was sentenced to 20 years in jail in 2005 after being caught trying to smuggle 4.1 kilograms of marijuana into the resort island of Bali, although she has always maintained her innocence.