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My take on the Schapelle Corby case – the brothers did it

Posted by E on July 1, 2008

All day yesterday I waited with anticipation for a documentary that would air on the Movie Network later in the evening: Ganja Queen – the Schapelle Corby story.
In preparation, I looked her up on Google and caught up on the details of the case: in 2004, an Australian girl in her late twenties is caught in a Bali airport transporting a boogie board filled with ten pounds of marijuana. After several trials, the supreme court of Bali last year upholds the original verdict: twenty years in prison (with about a year taken off for time served). By the time the documentary aired, I had a prima facie assumption of guilt. And then I watched an hour and a half of a completely, fully-biased, pro-Schapelle film.

Ok, so after weighing both sides, this is what my gut tells me: the brothers, particularly the younger one, who was seventeen at the time, planted the pot in her bag. Upon doing some more research, I discovered that I wasn’t the only one to think so – Corby’s very own ex-defence lawyer, Robin Tampoe, appeared in another documentary, which aired in Australia just this past week – and what did he say?

“Look at the brothers. Just look at her brothers. […] These are the biggest pile of trash I have ever come across in my life. I have never seen a more ungrateful, nasty piece of work than this woman (Corby’s mother, Rosleigh Rose) and this family.”

It seems to me that, while coming off at points as a teensy-bit arrogant, Schapelle wasn’t stupid enough to fill up her own bag with the largest quantity of dope Bali has ever seen. However, her younger half-brother did have access to the bag, and carried it for sometime the very day of the arrest. Also, while she was tested for drugs and was cleared, nobody bothered to test this brother, and lo and behold, a year later, a police raid of his house turns up copious amounts of pot and he is charged (get this!) not only with drug possession in large quantities, but also beating up two known drug dealers.
His defense – uh, I was just beating them up to get them to, you know, tell me who framed my sister.
Hmmm – I suppose this is why he stored their dope in his own house also?…ya right.

Watching her family on television, I was struck at how perfectly, how utterly and fantastically perfectly they fit the “White Trash” mold. If there was ever a family in which a set of brothers would let their sister rot in jail for them, thinking “Well, she’s a girl, so she’s getting off easier than we would…only twenty years ain’t so bad”, this would be them.

Only two questions remain:
1. DID she know that her brothers were involved?
2. What other stupid moron would ever attempt to smuggle drugs in southeast Asia (a continent where drug-smuggling can be punishable by death or life imprisonment)? The jails are filled with mules (mostly young women talked into it by a boyfriend) and idiots who think they won’t be “the one” who gets caught, that somehow they are smarter, luckier, etc. It’s pretty sad.

I propose an idea to every parent whose kid is about to go off backpacking in foreign lands – sit them down and make them watch, just once, a marathon of these 2 movies: Midnight Express (especially for guys) and Brokedown Palace (all girls take notice). I’m not kidding. Trust me, it may save their lives.

28 Responses to “My take on the Schapelle Corby case – the brothers did it”

  1. C Sheen said

    I saw the same HBO show. Yikes! What a bunch of nut jobs hang out with and around the Corby clan! I know that a lot of people want to point fingers at the Indonesian justice system, but these Corby’s are a delta-force of inept drug traffickers and users! What I don’t get is this: if she is innocent, then someone else put the drugs in her bag, and someone else expected to remove it. I would think that clemency, or at least leniency would be offered by the AFP for those who would come forward and provide some reasonable evidence that they were in-fact involved. Maybe it wouldn’t free Schappelle, but at least the anger towards the Indonesians could be justified. Come on! The crooks who in effect framed her should have the balls to come clean! Intentionally letting her rot in Bali is cowardice. On the other hand, maybe the conspiracy is broader, maybe somebody got really pissed at her or someone close to her and set the whole thing up to punish them. Surely, then, that story could be told! Of course, there is always the most likely scenario: her sister wanted a couple of kilos of ganja and Schappelle agreed to deliver the goods.

  2. njr said

    So I just watched this HBO documentary and have since done some research about Schapelle on the internet. My honest opinion is that she is most likely guilty. She had a bit of arrogance throghout the whole documentary. It is possible maybe she was an unknowing mule but if that was the case the family was definitely involved. The moter was pure trash, the father acted like a junkie. The sister was a mouthpiece and her husband was defintely a trafficker. The Youngest Brother is lax attitude in front of the camera only showed his guilt. Also, later to find that he was arrested for possesion as well only proves it.

    I think Schapelle knew that she was smuggling but was misled about the length of penalty if caught. She probably she could get a suspended sentence or minimal jail time. This family is defintely full of it and should also be in jail. Two brothers have already made their way there and I wouldn’t be surprised if they all end up in the end. It’s a shame her family acted that way because she probably could have gotten off.

    I also thought it was funny that I read she was about to receive a severe cut in her sentence and got busted with a cell-phone. What idiots!

  3. Elisa said

    The arrogance is obvious in the fact that she’s been smuggling hidden cameras and cell phones in her cell. On the devil’s advocate side, though, what’s a girl to do with her time if she’s in jail for 20 yrs? lol…this documentary sure has people talking. Yesterday I had approx 640 hits on my blog, about 400 of which were for the Schapelle case!…not that I’m complaining – the more readers, the better! 🙂

    Ok, not a lot of people know this, but I was going to law school a few years ago, before I decided to take the writer path instead. So, as a former budding lawyer, my honest opinion is that – based on looking at the case on paper alone – yes, it looks like she was guilty. Obviously the courts agreed also.
    But there is always something to be said about the person’s countenance, and unless Schapelle is in serious denial (very likely!) she seemed like she was telling the truth. Very confusing! I think that she MUST have known that her family was into drugs, and with the amount of time she spent in Asia – she was married to a Japanese guy, then another Balinese guy, all by 27! – she must have smuggled drugs before – and got away with it.
    But I’m still not 100% sold on her really knowing there were 10 pounds of pot in that bag.
    I’m only 90% sure – lol…..

    The brothers’ expression gave him away. Any trained cop (trained on human lie detection via body language)can spot it – when he was asked about it directly on the documentary, watch his eyes – he looks down and to the right for a brief instant – that is a sure signal that he is lying. The part of the brain that this gesture is connected to, has to do with imagination. If he was telling the truth, his eyes would have looked in another way.

    Btw, this is how I am pretty sure that Madeleine McCann’s parents did it – I saw the father’s eyes in an interview, and yep, they know what happened. I think they were in the habit of drugging their children (probably with cough syrup or whatever) so they would sleep in the night while they went out. This time, however, they gave her too much and she died. They freaked out, and instead of calling the cops, they disposed of her body.

    • Kathy said

      I think her brother put the drugs in her bag, Without a doubt! And the McCann case….watch on youtube all the updates. They actually found her blood under a floor board by the window, They think she heard her dad talking outside and climbed up on the couch to see him and fell over it and smacked he head and died. They covered it up even though it was an accident because leaving the children alone to begin with is a jailable offense. They are disgusting how they covered this up and England worked with them!!!

  4. Jerry said

    Good people of Australia. We have a great affinity for you. In fact, we love you. We admire your adventurous spirit, your unbridled passion and your genuine cheerfulness. We definitely empathize. However, the time has come to let go of the Corby’s. They are a black eye on the face of Australia. They are a collection of vagabonds who are paying the price for getting caught with their hand in the cookie jar. How anyone who has seen the documentary and followed the aftermath can still believe in Schapelle’s (or the Corby clan’s) innocence is beyond all reason or intelligence. Everything about the circumstances, possible motives, witness credibility, facial expressions, emotional responses and verbal statements from the entire Corby asylum throughout this process points to the ultimate wisdom of the Balinese judge. SHE IS GUILTY…END OF STORY…NEXT CASE.

    While it is true that if the Corby’s were wealthy, there might have been a different outcome. The same could be said of any judicial system on the planet… including the US and Australia. So if the tears of a pretty young felon are enough to sway your opinion, let’s hope that you are not selected for jury duty any time soon.

  5. Paul said

    I’m torn about this girl, but the more I’ve seen on youtube about her family and their friends and all the recent information coming out about the sister makes me think someone in the family, if not Schapelle herself, knew about the weed. I’m sure she would never have gotten a 20 year sentence had that “Crazy Ron” guy not gotten involved, his media remarks simply put the Indonesians in the position of having to appear tough (regardless of the bribery that may or may not have been discussed).

    And sorry to fall into a ugly American mode, but I kept remembering Meryl Streep and “a dingo stole my baby” line throughout the whole documentary…

    I think Lindsay Lohan should play Schapelle in the movie version

  6. Steve said


  7. Betwixt in Southern California said

    Well, I’ve just stumbled upon the Shapelle Corby story today on cable television and spent the remainder of the holiday weekend reading up on her and her drama. Some thoughts:

    1. Apparently the Ganja was form-pressed into the shape of her surf board. How would baggage handlers in either Brisbane or Sydney be able to do that, in time, without detection?

    2. There was a drug smuggling conspiracy going on with the baggage handlers at Sydney airport, evidently, involving cocaine, with inbound shipments, not marijuana going outbound, but still … very worrisome. Their baggage-handling area is videotaped, but records only kept for three days. Worrisome.

    3. The Indonesian customs and police did a very poor job in collecting and preserving evidence, I think by any customary international standard. The judges allowed their courtroom to be turned into a media circus. Their handling of the entire case was disturbing. Accusing them of bribery was absolutely the kiss of death to her freedom.

    4. The Corby family is clearly unhinged, marked as they are by very poor educations, histrionic social skills, arrested development, and narcissism. I think expecting anything more from them, some higher standard of behavior or decency, would be grossly unrealistic.

    5. The pot-growing neighbor, who lived next to the Corby family, not once but twice, during their lives, was also his best friend. What family moves, and then finds themselves living next to their former next-door neighbors? A bizarre and alarming circumstance.

    6. The Corby family’s long acquaintance with marijuana, criminal behavior, and international travel. Curious.

    Given the difference in thresholds of evidence required for a criminal conviction, Ms. Corby would not have been convicted in the United States, particularly given the lack of (or, worse, the lack of any interest in obtaining) forensice evidence which might have pinpointed more clearly who the guilty party(ies) was. That being said, I think at a minimum, she’s probably (not definitely) guilty, her family most certainly is more heavily implicated than anyone really knows, and the customs/police did an extraordinarily lame job in actually “proving” her guilt. Further, the prosecution only had to prove two things, and two things alone: (i) was the bag hers (yes), and (ii) did it carry contraband (yes). Given this, I’m very happy they spared her life, and that her conviction is apparently solid given what they had to prove, but I have little doubt the verdict would have been different in the United States or Europe.

    I hope she can get some counseling wherever she is. Her near-constant state of hysteria cannot be good for her.

  8. Elisa said

    Totally agree.
    But regarding your point #2, apparently there was a newer documentary, which aired only last week in Australia/New Zealand, and in it, the ex-lawyer Tampoe actually admits that they fabricated the entire baggage-handler angle in order to save her from the death penalty (by introducing an alternative hypothesis).
    One thing we can all say for Schapelle is that if she is lying, she is a very good actress, which is more than one can say about the transparence in her family’s attitudes.

    This publicity is probably the best thing that could have happened in her life. If you look at a really humorous synopsis of her book published in the Sydney Morning Herald (she transfered all copyrights of the book to her family, so they can profit from the royalties since as a convicted criminal, she cannot), you’ll see that all her accounts involve in some shape or form, basically only 3 things:
    1. vomiting
    2. raving lesbians who are lusting after her body
    3. compares herself ad nauseam (pun intended) to various celebrities and soap stars

  9. Betwixt in Southern California said

    The Shapelle Corby story is really quite remarkable in terms of the media’s influence on popular opinion and those intersections in criminal law. It also seems to suggest in Western cultures that if you say something long enough and with enough theatrics, you can make it true.

    I did not find any of the Corbys to be particularly persuasive, and in relatively short order found myself assuming everything they said was either an exaggeration, strangely misinterpreted, or an outright fabrication. Regardless of their individual and collective motives, their version of people and events simply cannot be trusted in any way meaniful way, so we are left with our collective widsom (which is pretty scary if you think about it!), trying to untease their web of hysterics, untruths, embellishments and wildly overwrought role-playing.

    I knew things seemed very strange with this family fairly early on, but I guess my epiphany came when, shortly before the verdict was read, with the whole clan twitching in the front row, the matriarch turns to the camera, stage left, lower angle, and starts muttering something about how, because she was able to successfully draw her eyebrows on correctly with her cosmetic pencil, that her baby would be found not guilty by this court of savages, and would be wisked away on the next Quantas flight back to Australia. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry at that point, but confidentially I laughed, ah, pretty hard, after recovering from momentary slackjaw. There is some significant long-term mental and emotional imbalances going on in that family, and that’s the polite version.

    Mostly this is a story about the media, and how we have allowed it to infect serious legal, political and diplomatic proceedings. And since the majority of Western media, either overtly or implicitly, panders to a shallow and poorly educated public, I have to wonder about our responsibility in allowing this sort of cultural corruption by a profit-driven media. They really don’t care what they cover, or increasingly how they cover it, so long as it sells, keeps the advertising churn whirring, and the shareholders fat and happy.

    And I’m not even going to dignify with comment Mssrs. Bakir’s and Tampoe’s behavior in this extravaganza. I’m sure the karmic noose is already tightening around their necks. Quite the sordid drama … I’m perversely hooked, like watching a slow-motion train wreck. Just when you think the characters cannto outdo themselves, they always do. Now that’s entertainment!

  10. naos said

    Forensic evidence. show me some and i’ll say she deserves a penalty for drug smuggling. untill then, that younger brother…did anybody else get that sense that he especially needed to be investigated from the first moment you saw him? honestly though, who in the hell takes a drug through 3 airports, just to bring it into a country where you will not only make far less of a profit, but be put to death if caught? that still doesn’t make sense to me. a drug dealer would know better. especially when their court system is known for nothing if not corruption. the neighbour thing is really odd but there is also a real difference between hydro and skunk weed. i think if somebody within the Corby family is responsible, Schapelle is not the likely mastermind and thus someone else needs to be rotting in that cell for 20 years.

  11. Mel said

    Wether she Guilty or not she doesn’t deserve 20 years in a Bali prison for something they cant prove. And, lets face it this is a crime punishable in the US by probation and a fine, for 1st time offender’s like Corby.

  12. alex said

    idk. 🙂

  13. Toya said

    I just watched the documentry today on HBO, and all I have 2 say is if shes wrong She is a very clever rebel. But with the same token, Where is the evidence,I really dont believe she would be that stupid 2 put that amount of WEED in her bag and believe she wouldnt get caught.Theres just no way.And with that being said, How come they distroyed the evidence When the witness heard those men say they DID IT..WHO BY THE WAY LATERthat witness was STABBED him IN JAIL AFTER THE CASE. go check out the followup on USP.COM SITE.But there was much more 2 the aftermath.WHY didnt they bring them forward.Why did the media make this whole thing a circus.IF SHE WAS really guilty HOW come there were coverups ALONG WITH IT..I truly can say this is a conspiracy and she couldve been framed.Its sad THAT those kids HAVE 2 SPEND all this time without her..IF Corby is their mom..ANYWAY JUST my 2 cents..

  14. Tim said

    Ok, I watched the show on HBO and for awhile I thought she was innocent and getting screwed, but now I think that maybe she isn’t. I have looked at a lot of the things about the case and things are suspicious. The family seems very suspicious to me. A few comments in the documentary really struck me as weird. First, her sister’s husband looked like a stoner. Believe me, I know more than a few and when someone starts calling weed “god’s plant”, they are a pothead(her sister also looked like a pothead). Her half brother got in trouble for robbing and beating a drug dealer that was being watched by the cops. That is enough to show me that he is shady too. The other thing is the sister pointed out once that people might think it is weird that her sister brought a boogie board there even though they owned a surf shop. She never really explained a good reason for that happening. When I thought about that, it struck me as really weird. I don’t like to check bags at all when I fly. I try to pack light to make it easy to carry my bags. Why would you take a giant bag like that with a boogie board when you could very easily borrow one there? The answer lies in the size of the bag. My thinking is that something in the plan went wrong. I am not sure if she was in on it, but it seems likely. My thinking is that they had people in customs in Bali in their back pocket. Maybe they weren’t there when they were meant to be or something was wrong with the bribe money. I think she may have even said the bag was her bag because she thought that they might not mess with her because she was a pretty young girl. That seems as likely as anything I have heard. This is just a guess, but stuff like that does happen there. Even though drugs carry a stiff sentence, they are there becuase the cops are on the take. Somewhere something went wrong. There is only one really nagging question in the story that I don’t get. If they were smuggling that much weed through international airport terminals, why in the world would you catch a connecting flight within Australia? That is the only thing I don’t get. My only thought is that a baggage handler added it for them at the second airport after they cleared security at the first point. It would be a great plan to have a baggage handler add the weed right before and international flight out of the country. Then have a customs agent in your pocket when you get there. That way, you only have to deal with one real stop along the way, but maybe something went wrong. These are all just theories, but completely possible in my opinion. I think either way, the penalty is too harsh for just some weed, but if they did it, that is what they get. You have to understand the risk you are taking for the money. I think it is a ridiculous law, but that is their laws and their justice system. However, I do think it is possible that she may have been told to take that big bag by her half brother and may not have known that was in there. I guess we will never know. Another thing is the guy from jail that said someone talked about losing the weed. I am not sure why someone would risk there life to tell them that(he did get stabbed and beaten after he got back to jail), but it may be possible that they were part of the Australian side of the scheme. Sorry about rambling, but this whole situation has really made me think. Even if this girl tried to pull this off and is guilty as can be, I still feel very bad for her. At worst, she made a big mistake and is paying dearly for it. The one thing I know is that she was not the only one involved if they were guilty. One last thing that I want to mention is that although the story about the baggage handlers putting it in the wrong bag and losing it is far fetched, it is possible. Very recently, there was a story about a customs agent putting some weed in a random bag in Tokyo to try to get the drug dog some practice(very much against their rules, but he did it anyway). However, after he planted the drugs he lost track of the suitcase he put the 5 ounces of weed(valued at $10,000 over there) and the dog couldn’t find it either. So after this guy, whoever he was, got off the plane of an international flight, he had a bunch of weed on him. Look it up on google, it is a weird story, but i guess it did happen. These are just some thoughts. My guess is likely her family members were running the plan, but I bet she was aware of it. Heck they probably thought traveling as a family made them less guilty looking, but that plan failed.

  15. Larry D. Jones said

    I have watched The HBO documentary here in Chicago 4 times. First,I want to say the whole family is totally dysfunctional.She was the mule on this trip,and got busted. Her younger brother James,got cold feet and screwed everything up.He was probably looking guilty at check in(like he was during the interview)and drew too much attention to himself.Second,the brother-in-law is a stone cold drug dealer.Let’s quote him for a second shall we,”in some countries it’s free,” and “it is not a very dangerous drug.” They should have never interviewed him. Also,the sister Mercedes, was the ring leader.She is a nut case,riding on a motor bike with a half asleep child.How dangerous was that.Last,she should have never had her blouse open in court.Her defense team did not prep her very well.Also,if any one noticed,at the beginning of the show when she was put into the van she was laughing her as off.She tried to cover her face,but you can she her laughing;as if she can’t believe she was busted on this trip.

  16. Karen said

    Clearly the family is very dysfunctional, addicts, angry, uneducated – Shapelle has probably used weed and been around it all of her life – that said, that doesn’t mean she was responsible for this particular incident. No doubt in my mind its the brothers – who probably don’t feel the least bit guilty that their sister is in prison for something they did. The person Ron who made the statements about bribery – to me, that’s what sealed her fate. As far as the mother referring to her eyebrows being drawn on – I believe what she meant was that she felt hopeful enough on that day that her daughter was going to be released, that she cared enough to draw her eyebrows on. I drew my eyebrows on for years – but not usually when I felt bad. Now, they are tattooed on. Irregardless, the crime doesn’t fit the time.

  17. Jo-Ann said

    Moral of the story: Always lock your checked baggage!

  18. FRANKIE said


  19. Billy Joe said

    I do believe that they were all in on it. All of them! A lot of people keep asking why did the guy (John Ford) they flown in, do and say what he did. He did it for he was screwed from the start and was going to prison for a long, long time anyway and, they were going to save there Angel due to the fact, she knew how to work not only the drugs, but her body and mouth as well. The judge even said to her, “What is wrong with you Now?” James Kisina the ½ brother is like da, well, um, not me, we don’t know anything about weed, we don’t do weed, just look at him? He was screwed up doing the interview! If one would have slapped him his eyes would have shattered and that shit eaten grin, come on, they all had it. Who do they think they are trying to fool, Homer Simpson? Most of them could not even carry on a complete sentences without the, uh, you no, um and Ron, why would you even say what he did over the radio during the trial? He needed to lay off the weed for a bit. Ron just drove her into the ground with that statement. Also when did the brother n law become a doctor? What a dumb ass. I can’t stand watching soap opera’s but, they are a hell of a lot more believable then these cats! These people have become comfortable transported drugs several times and wanted to become big at it. But this time they get caught and tried to implicate whoever they could to make a good deal. But they get caught. Dysfunctional very, have you ever had a puff off a party joint? Why would my Dad lie to me time? Why?

  20. maxwell said

    Laughing. Ive read the tags here. Watched the HBO Documentary (Pro-Corby) before coming here to read more about her, the trial, Indonesian Law. First of all, I truely think she is innocent of trying to smuggle. Come on. She’s clean. Anyone who deals, does it. Proven fact. In my line of work, I have seen it. Second, brother James. This character, step brother of all things, couldnt even answer a question without mumbling. Interviewing people of guilt, MUMBLE. NOT GUILTY PEOPLE talk LOUD!!!! The dam kid couldnt even look into the camera. If anything, theres a lot to do with the brother. If im correct, i dont even think he remained in Bali for the trial. Hands down, JAMES your the man. I look at Shapelle and she aint smart enough to pull this off. LIke they said, she may not be dumb, but no chance on doing that. Anyway, for the sake or arguing, the matter should go back to court. Evidence was burned without proper CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATING. NO prints. So how can they say it was her’s. Testing of quality in marijuana, could be parsely for all they knew. When ask why she knew it was marijuana. Tell me one kid who doesnt know the smell of marijuana. Smell it once, youll never forget. Like a skunk…smell it once you run the second time. This was a case of misrepresentation. Too bad her young lawyers couldnt swallow their pride and get someone with experience, who had a challeging back bone. Im no lawyer, but i would have challenged that. A fifth grader would have asked that. We all what can you beat a fifth grader. Come on….this is text book crap they should know. Most laws throughout the world are in a way similar. Its the convictions or sentencing thats different. Laughing…with the exception of Amsterdam and maybe Jamacia. Well my opinion…free the girl. She isnt the guilty one. Grab good ole James and see what he has to say. MAybe mumble some more.

  21. LORNA SWINTON said

    is it possible to buy the documentary on dvd?

  22. Elisa said

    I have no idea, but I assume it would/will be available. Check online stores like to see if they have it in stock.

  23. Kylee said

    I was in Australia at the time Schappele was arrested and accused in Bali. My heart went out for her then, and it still does now. No one in their right mind would enter a country with the dealth penalty carrying drugs in such an obvious place. Its just rediculous. She has been treated so unfairly and with the botched efforts of the Indonesian investigators no wonder she is acting hysterically. They pretty much threw away the key at the airport when she was arrested.
    Try reading her autobiography if you have any doubt about her. Schappelle is innocent and has been left to rot in an unthinkable hell hole. She wasnt able to trust anyone, not even her lawyers when her case was at court (if you could call it a court). It was all just a media frenzy, packed with lies and stories as anyone who deals with the media will tell you. What a load of shite. Set her free x

  24. […] by Indonesian authorities with a boogie-board stuffed with hashish. Read my blog entry on Schapelle here. 5. A motive doesn’t have to be necessary in an accidental death 6. Oh, the irony! All these […]

  25. madie said

    i think she is guilty cause thats what everyone says when they have just put drugs in there bags its pre stupid like you should never do it in the first place now she has to take the toll yea i feel sorry for her but if you want Indonesian people to respect you you dont do stupid stuff like that

  26. rsjnw said

    “but if you want Indonesian people to respect you you dont do stupid stuff like that”. why would we want lack of due process corrupt jungle asians to respect us? when they cant even have a fair trial in proving guilt and handing down 20 years and further releasing the mastermind of the Bali bombings (killing hundreds) after 2 years.
    I dont care whether they respect us… i will never go there to find out either… LOCK IT UP!!!! and unlock her… she has done her time

  27. Thomson Jimmy said

    Your take is wrong however the truth didn’t come to light until 2011. How a government wilfully withheld vital evidence from a court of law, deceived its public, orchestrated an unprecedented media campaign, and ruthlessly deployed its organs of state against one of its own citizens. This is a frightening but entirely true narrative; a grotesque political horror story which is still unfolding today. It exposes what happens when an individual’s human rights conflict with strategic political need. It reveals the ruthless use of a government’s organs of state, and a regime of unprecedented opinion management, against a single working class woman and her desperate family.

    It presents, and demonstrates, the crushing, pre-meditated, and often brutal acts which a western government is prepared to inflict upon a helpless citizen, in pursuit of political expediency.

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