An Indonesian lawmaker says Australia’s spying revelations should be taken into account when considering Schapelle Corby’s parole.
Schapelle Corby’s long-awaited parole could be affected by revelations Australian spies targeted the mobile phones of Indonesia’s president and his inner circle.
Aziz Syamsuddin, the deputy chair of Indonesia’s House of Representatives Commission on legal affairs, says the spying claims should be part of considerations by the Justice and Human Rights Minister in Corby’s parole process.
Corby, from Queensland, was convicted of drug smuggling in Indonesia in 2005 and sentenced to 20 years’ jail for the importation of 4.2kg of cannabis.
“If I am the minister, I will reject Corby’s parole. But I am not the minister. So, we only can give suggestion to him,” Mr Syamsuddin told News Corp Australia.
He said the commission will meet with Justice Minister Amir Syamsuddin, who has the final say on Corby’s parole, within a fortnight to discuss the application.
“Australia spying is harassment toward Indonesia. Indonesia should give a sanction to Australia,” Aziz Syamsuddin said.
However, a spokesman for the Corrections ministry said the fallout from the spying revelations would not affect the parole application, which has been caught up in Indonesia’s bureaucratic process for weeks.
“I believe there’s no effect. The law is the law, and politics is politics,” department spokesman Ayub Suratman told Fairfax Media.