A media scrum enveloped Schapelle Corby as she was lead back to jail by police after being sentenced.
A media scrum enveloped Schapelle Corby as she was lead back to jail by police after being sentenced.

Corby convicted



DENPASAR, Bali: (AAP) A Bali court yesterday sentenced Australian Schapelle Corby to 20 years in prison for trying to smuggle 4.1kg of marijuana into Indonesia.

Judges also fined Corby 100 million rupiah ($A13,875).

Her lawyers immediately said they would appeal.

Earlier, Corby, 27, broke down in tears as the panel of three judges said the charges against her of smuggling marijuana had been 'convincingly' proven.

Soon after, they formally declared her guilty and passed sentence.

"Twenty years?," said Corby, who was standing to hear the verdict from chief judge Linton Sirait.

She immediately turned to distressed mother Rosleigh Rose and appeared to shout: "Mum it's OK."

As the courtroom descended into chaos, Corby hugged her interpreter and pushed through police to get to her mother and father.

She kissed other members of her family and was then led away by police through a crush of media to a waiting vehicle, which rushed her back to Kerobokan prison.

Corby backer, Gold Coast businessman Ron Bakir, said she would appeal.

"This is a massive injustice," he told reporters.

Corby's lawyer Lily Lubis said the appeal process had already begun, but added: "She will not survive."

Also outside the court, Glen Jeffers, a family friend, made an impassioned plea to the Indonesian president.

"President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, when Indonesia was struck by by the tsunami, Australia gave aid.

"Nine Australians gave the ultimate ? their lives ? in a helicopter crash on the island of Nias helping Indonesians.

"Mr President, we have seen enough innocent lives wasted in the past year. Please sir, let's not waste another innocent life," he said.



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