Schapelle Corby 'attempts suicide'

MICHAEL BACHELARD
Last updated 20:45 04/03/2014
Schapelle Corby pictured in a Sunday Night exclusive
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ON THE BEACH:Schapelle Corby pictured in a Sunday Night exclusive at Seminyak beach for her first swim since her release from prison.

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Schapelle Corby has made what one senior official has described as a suicide attempt, as moves intensify within Indonesia to revoke her parole and return her to Kerobokan prison.

The head of the corrections division of the Bali justice office, Sunar Agus, said he was visiting Corby at her family’s Kuta home on Monday night with a parole officer when the Australian had lunged for a knife.

“I can’t tell someone’s intention, But what I saw in front of me was that she tried to commit suicide. She took a knife, but the family stopped her and the parole officer stopped her,” he said.

Sunar did not immediately provide further details. However, it also emerged late yesterday that Corby visited the parole board the morning after the alleged suicide attempt for her first monthly report and, according to parole officer Ketut Sukiati: “Her condition was fine”.

Sunar he said he had reported the incident to Jakarta, where Corby’s fate is now in the hands of the Indonesian Justice and Human Rights minister Amir Syamsuddin.

In interviews with local media, the minister has suggested that Corby’s return to prison was an increasingly likely outcome, as he expressed open irritation with the drug smuggler and her family, saying there was now a "probability" that her parole would be "reconsidered".

Corby has been desperate to be released from Kerobokan prison, and every person who has spoken to her since her release in early February has spoken about her fragile mental state.

Amir told Indonesian newspaper Kompas that if he revoked parole, it would largely be the fault of her family.

"If it came to that decision ... you would have to lay most of the responsibility on her family, which I believe has shown no concern for [the political pressure] we've had to face in her case," Amir said.

He was the minister who granted Corby's parole last month — even though that was a politically unpopular decision — and he also has the power to revoke it.

Amir has said he was waiting for a recommendation from the Bali Parole board, but told Kompas on Tuesday that the Corby family had tested his patience by participating in the Seven Network's Sunday Night program.

The interview - in which sister Mercedes suggested the drugs in Schapelle's boogie-board bag may have come from Indonesia - has caused political outrage. It came after the ministry had banned Corby herself from doing any interview, paid or unpaid.

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"May I say, I suspect the family did the interview motivated by a calculation of the profits," Amir is quoted saying. "I greatly regret such an attitude, if that's what it is, while we face heavy [political] criticism within the country."

Asked about his likely decision, he said he would rely on advice from the Bali justice ministry, but that: "There is a probability that her parole will be reconsidered."

If Corby's parole is revoked she will be returned to Kerobokan prison as “humanely” as possible, according to the Bali Justice Office.

Sunar said on Tuesday his organisation was awaiting a decision from the Justice Minister in Jakarta. In the meantime, he had advised the Corby family to “keep a low profile”, he said.

“But if there's no co-operation, the treatment might be a little stronger, and she would be picked up by the police.”

The Corby family has quit the luxury Sentosa Seminyak villas after three weeks and returned to the Kuta compound listed as her residence on parole papers.

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