[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Languages
Last Updated: Thursday, 21 April, 2005, 07:26 GMT 08:26 UK
Australia's Corby faces life
Schapelle Corby - 21/4/05
Ms Corby's case has been closely followed in Australia
An Australian beauty therapist accused of smuggling drugs into Indonesia faces life in prison after prosecutors said they would not ask for a death penalty.

Schapelle Corby, 27, is charged with carrying 4.1kg (9lb) of marijuana into the Indonesian island of Bali in 2004.

Prosecutor Ida Bagus Wiswantanu said the case against her was "convincing", and that her actions could harm Bali's image as a tourist resort.

Ms Corby says she is not guilty, in a case which has gripped Australia.

Her lawyers argue that the drugs were put in Ms Corby's bag after she checked it in at Brisbane Airport and then boarded a flight to Bali.

The three judges in the trial, which is taking place in the island's main town of Denpasar, are not expected to hand down their verdict for several weeks.

One of the judges said on Thursday that he would not be influenced by the arrest this week of nine other Australians in connection with heroin trafficking charges.

Chief Judge Linton Siriat said he and his fellow judges would consider Ms Corby's case on its own merits.

Before being led away from the court, Ms Corby wept as she embraced her sister.



SEE ALSO:
Bali drug suspects may face death
20 Apr 05 |  Asia-Pacific
Nine Australians arrested in Bali
18 Apr 05 |  Asia-Pacific
Indonesia executes heroin dealer
05 Aug 04 |  Asia-Pacific
Indonesia sentences ecstasy maker
13 Jan 03 |  Asia-Pacific


RELATED INTERNET LINKS:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia
UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature | Technology | Health
Have Your Say | In Pictures | Week at a Glance | Country Profiles | In Depth | Programmes
Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific