Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Corby ‘Home Detention’ Plan a Step Closer

JAKARTA

Bali’s celebrity prisoner Schapelle Corby and others may be a step closer to being sent home to serve their sentences following a meeting in Jakarta between the attorney general, Basrief Arief, and the secretary of the Australian attorney general’s department, Roger Wilkins.

Australia has been pursuing the prisoner-transfer agreement for more than five years but Jakarta has argued such an agreement would require approval from the House of Representatives.

Wilkins discussed the long stalled prisoner exchange treaty last week with Arief, who was said by the Attorney General’s Office spokesman Babul Khoir Harahap to have responded positively.

“The Australian government is asking for the exchange of prisoners, including Corby. The attorney general responded by saying that he agreed to the request,” Babul said. “But we need to discuss the issue further with the Justice and Human Rights Ministry.”

Basrief said the Corby case was not discussed in the meeting. The Australian is serving a 20-year prison term for smuggling drugs into Bali in 2004.

Under a prisoner-transfer agreement Corby and other Australians could be allowed to serve their prison terms in their own country, and vice versa.

The meeting also discussed extradition of Indonesian graft fugitive Adrian Kiki Ariawan, who has been in Australian detention since November 2008.

Ariawan was sentenced to life in prison for embezzling central bank funds while serving as a director of Bank Surya in 2002.

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