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Corby pleads for mercy

Reporter: Peter Lloyd

TONY JONES: Schapelle Corby has made a tearful plea for mercy to the three Indonesian judges who
will decide her fate. Today's hearing was one of the last chances for Corby and her defence team to
persuade the court that she shouldn't be convicted of smuggling more than four kilograms of
marijuana into Bali. In a statement she'd written in her prison cell, she begged the court to find
her not guilty and to send her home. From Denpasar, South-East Asia correspondent Peter Lloyd
reports.

PETER LLOYD: There she is - wading into the cameras at the Denpasar district court where the
7-month long saga is reaching its climactic stages. She began by taking deep breaths and a puff
from an asthma spray before throwing herself on the mercy of the court.

SCHAPELLE CORBY, DEFENDANT: My life, at the moment, is in your hands but I would prefer if my life
was in your hearts.

PETER LLOYD: Supporters watched in silence as she insisted that a mysterious someone else must have
put a large parcel of marijuana weighing four kilograms in her luggage.

SCHAPELLE CORBY: I swear as God is my witness I did not know the marijuana was in my bag.

PETER LLOYD: Her statement was short, lasting less than three minutes, but charged with
desperation.

SCHAPELLE CORBY: My heart and my family has been painfully burdened by all these accusations and
rumours about me. I don't know how long I can survive it here.

PETER LLOYD: Last week, the prosecution resisted calling for the death penalty, instead asking for
a life sentence. But that was only a recommendation - the judges can still deliver a verdict of
death by firing squad.

SCHAPELLE CORBY: Please look to your god for guidance in your judgment for me, for God only speaks
of justice and, your Honour, I ask for you to show compassion, to find me innocent and to send me
home.

PETER LLOYD: Schapelle Corby's lawyers summed up their argument by claiming that since no-one could
say for sure who put the drugs in the luggage, their client should go free. By their demeanour, it
seems like the judges have stopped listening and the man ultimately deciding her fate has all but
made up his mind anyway.

LINTON SIRAIT, JUDGE: Oh, already 75 per cent decided, but I can not tell you our conclusion.

PETER LLOYD: Just when you thought it was almost over, it's not. The prosecution wants to come back
on next Friday, giving Schapelle Corby's team yet another right of reply after that. The judge says
he'll still be delivering a verdict at the end of May. Back in Australia, Schapelle Corby's
seriously ill father has broken his silence. He says he's bewildered by the Indonesian legal system
and certain of his daughter's innocence.

MICHAEL CORBY, FATHER: She had nothin' to do with bloody drugs. Oh, she might have bloody had a
puff when she was in bloody grade 10 or something, 'round the back of the school yard like kids do
- I don't know. But she's had nothin' to do with it since or any time, as far as I know. She's
against it - anti drug. Anyway, I seen the bloody bag. There was nothin' in it.

PETER LLOYD: Schapelle Corby was taken back to prison tonight after arguably her most important day
in court so far. Whether it sways the judges is a question only they can answer. In Denpasar, Peter
Lloyd, Lateline.