SYDNEY — Canberra and Jakarta denied Wednesday doing a deal to have five years shaved off Australian drug trafficker Schapelle Corby’s sentence in exchange for the release of Indonesian people-smugglers.
Corby, 34, had her 20-year term for smuggling marijuana on to the holiday island of Bali reduced Tuesday following a clemency plea to Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Australian media claimed it was part of a deal in which Canberra agreed to release jailed young Indonesian people-smugglers in return.
Three Indonesian youths convicted of trafficking asylum-seekers to Australia were freed last week after being given the “benefit of the doubt” that they were minors at the time of their arrest. — AFP