In May 2005, Schapelle Corby was sentenced to 20 years in an Indonesian prison after 4.1 kilograms of cannabis was found in her boogie board bag upon her arrival in Bali. The cannabis was placed in her bag at Brisbane airport by corrupted airport handlers and was intended for distribution in Sydney – the cannabis was to be removed by corrupted airport handlers at Sydney Domestic airport prior to her luggage being moved on to Sydney International and onward to Bali. But on that fateful day, October 8, 2004, an already compromised drug surveillance operation – Operation Mocha – was ‘secretly’ watching airport handlers and customs officers at Sydney Domestic.
Operation Mocha was coordinated by former, and now disgraced, Assistant Director of the NSW Crimes Commission, Mark Standen.
In 2011, the former senior drugs trafficking investigator and long-time national anti-drugs hero, Mr Standen was convicted to a 22 year sentence for drugs trafficking. Corrupted airport officers had been tipped off about Operation Mocha on that fateful day – airport handlers therefore did not remove the cannabis and hence Ms Corby’s nightmarish fate was sealed.
But the Australian Government – and every political party – are aware of the injustices faced by Ms Corby, with many past and present parliamentarians in-the-know that Ms Corby is innocent. However, they have let her languish – making her expendable in part for nonsensical presumptions of national security, in part for geopolitical reasons (still more nonsense) and in part because they just do not give enough of a damn for an individual human being (and for those that love her) – but they should.
The Stringer has published two recent articles – unveiling what really happened, and The Stringer will publish a suite of articles and continue to unveil the whole story and name names.
It is a national disgrace that the mainstream – and very well-resourced – Australian media has let down Ms Corby. It is a national disgrace that Australia’s political processes and Australia’s mainstream political parties have effectively sat quiet, idle, in regards to Ms Corby’s predicaments. What is criminal is the fact of the troves of vital information that Australian Governments and Australian authorities have withheld from Ms Corby’s trial and appeals. Those responsible for this should be held to account. But who will hold them to account?
The Australian media should engage in some through-care journalism and do the right thing by Ms Corby and hence all Australians. The national consciousness always cries out for justice, nothing less.
In the last week – since publishing my two most recent articles proclaiming Ms Corby’s obvious innocence, I have been contacted by The Australian newspaper (two journalists), by The ABC (three journalists), and by a few more major media formats (four producers/researchers). We can only hope they will do the distance on this tragic injustice, and win over, convince their networks/newspapers that Ms Corby’s story, the real story, not the smears and speculation, should reach the light of day.
I beseech those who have contacted me to do everything they can.
In time I am sure that politicians will rise to the occasion and assist Ms Corby, but they should do so sooner rather than later – and not wait as they do for others to package it all for them, not wait to use the Schapelle Corby story when it becomes ‘ sexy’ enough to advance their own personal careers or their party’s public brand. Politicians who think like this should not be in politics – politics should be seen as a calling.
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I now know enough to know without equivocation that Ms Corby is innocent, and I also know that there are relevant authorities and individuals within the Australian Government that know Ms Corby is innocent. If I am to continue to believe in doing what is right, in letting nothing stand in the way of what is right then I have to engage in through-care journalism and therefore sustain the coverage and investigations till Ms Corby is released.