Schapelle Corby's physical and mental health continue to deteriorate to the point where family and close friends expect that she will be coming home in a coffin. Some journalists who should know better,#main-fn1">1 imply that Schapelle, with the collusion of her psychiatrist Associate Professor Jonathon Phillips, may be faking it, I have gained the firm impression from talking to close family friend as well as from the information included below, that she is not and that she may never recover mentally from her ordeal, even if she lives.
Schapelle is almost certainly innocent as has been shown elsewhere. However, Schapelle's supporters are now simply asking that our Government act without delay to prevent tragedy. We include below a html adaptation of a PDF flyer, which is being distributed by supporters of Schapelle Corby.
SENTENCED - the punishment far outweighs the crime.
HOSPITALISED - suffering stress induced starvation. In June 2008, weighing just 43 kilograms, Schapelle was admitted to hospital suffering from severe depression and stress induced starvation. She had lost all hope of ever being released. 19 days later, just before her 31st birthday, she was returned, heavily sedated, to her tiny, sweltering, and over- crowded cell, with its rats, feral cats and human waste that routinely overflows across the cell floor. She remains heavily medicated to this day. It is the only way she can cope with the agony of her imprisonment, which many believe to be wrongful.
HOSPITALISED - unable to walk or talk.
SELF INFLICTED HARM - suicidal.
PSYCHIATRIST - says she is insane!
AND ALL THIS IS TAKING PLACE IN THE CONSTANT GLARE OF CRUEL MEDIA INTRUSIONS
REPATRIATION - without a PTA.
Will Schapelle come home a free woman, or dead in a box? The answer to this question now lies with us, the citizens of Australia and the rest of the World.
We Must Shame The Rudd Government Into Action!!
PLEASE, PLEASE, SHOW COMPASSION FOR SCHAPELLE CORBY, AND HELP HER.
Sign the Care2 petition at: http://www.freeschapelle.com.au/20years.htm
Write to the PM, or select and complete a pre-prepared letter at: http://www.freeschapelle.com.au/spreadword.htm
Please join us at: http://www.freeschapelle.com.au and become a Schapelle Corby supporter.
Please join us at Women For Schapelle: http://www.womenforschapelle.com
THANK YOU SO MUCH
#main-fn1" id="main-fn1">1. #main-fn1-txt">↑ See "Schapelle Corby not the only Aussie languishing in foreign jail" (printed version is "Schapelle not the only one") of 29 Aug 09 by Madonna King.
Against all the evidence that she could so easily check for herself, Madonna King pronounces her guilty of the crime:
Corby tried to take more than 4kg of marijuana into Bali in her boogie board bag in 2004. And she was caught, tried and found guilty.
That's why she is serving a 20-year jail sentence in Bali's Kerobokan jail, and a point lost in the debate about her freedom. Sure, she's very pretty. She's articulate. And she's been sentenced to a term that would never be delivered by an Australian court.
But that's what happens in other countries; you do the crime and you are expected to do the time.
She goes on to imply that Associate Professor Jonathon Phillips may have helped Schapelle fake her condition:
Both the psychiatrist and the Corby family now share the same public relations consultant, who refused to tell The Courier-Mail how much Phillips was paid to carry out the assessment.
But put that aside, surely this week's circus has hindered, not helped, Corby's case to be transferred home to Australia.
Surely, it would have been more prudent to provide the report to authorities in Australia and Indonesia before publicly grandstanding over it?
Corby's Indonesian jail doctor says he was not shown it and he disagrees with the report's analysis.
That has worked against Corby, who may indeed have been made mentally vulnerable by her incarceration.
But it's also worked against her cause, with questions being raised about whether or not it's a scam.
"Schapelle Corby: Insane or Faking It?", said one headline.
Perhaps it would be more prudent for King to have: 1. Spent the necessary 20 minutes at most to read even on the Wikipedia article the simple facts of the case which would have demonstrated beyond any reasonable doubt to anyone with an alert mind that she must be innocent, and 2. pondered the possibility that the psychiatrists report could well be true.
The article attracted one very apt comment from a reader:
Even now, in this very article, you suggest that the report wasn't sent to the government before media referenced it, when it actually was, as you would have discovered if you had bothered to check some facts. Even now.... perhaps instead of glossing over the unique cruelty and injustice of this particular case, you ought to be scratching the surface. That is what journalists are supposed to do.
King's indifference to Schapelle's plight stands in marked contast to her style as a presenter on Brisbane local ABC radio's Morning Program, where she often gives many the impression of being almost uniquely passionate against cruelty and injustice.
Note: a comment was posted by 'Rudi' in response to this footnote. It has been turned into an article "A selective capacity for human compassion?" of 24 Feb 10,