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Guilty and 20 years jail - the Schapelle Corby verdict.

never sleep! You judges will never sleep, pledge to fight on. Her family and supporters you give Schapelle back to us. All Australia asks is that Schapelle tidak bersalah. Schapelle is innocent! assistance for any appeal. The Australian Government offers I feel for this young woman. Guilty or innocent, Good evening. Juanita Phillips with ABC News.

the prosecution It wasn't the life sentence had been pushing for, given to Schapelle Corby but the 20-year-sentence supporters were expecting. was far worse than her family and and her supporters. with Tim Palmer, Our coverage starts who is in Denpasar. the ABC's Indonesia correspondent

A complete miscarriage of justice

in which none of the defence

witnesses were listened to at all

that's how Schapelle Corby's witnesses were listened to at all -

supporters saw this judgment as

spilled out of court amid scenes of supporters saw this judgment as they

absolute chaos, but just another

drug sentence from the judge who

delivered so many similar sentences drug sentence from the judge who has

and never acquitted anyone of such

charge and he said today that and never acquitted anyone of such a

through the entire case he heard

nothing at all from any witness to

prove that anyone other than

Schapelle Corby put the drugs in

bag. As the full weight of Schapelle Corby put the drugs in her

Indonesian law fell on Schapelle

Corby, she appeared not to

understand what had happened. Then

after checking with her interpreter,

it began to sink in. She turned to

glare at prosecutors and then

uttered her only words, "Mum, it's

OK." Looking a very long way from

home, Schapelle Corby cried at the

prospect of jail until she is 47

years old. At the back of the

court, there was the same confusion

at first, then bitter fury from

Schapelle's sister and mother

directed squarely at the judges

Damn you! We swore on the Bible

your fellow nine. It was a hammer Damn you! We swore on the Bible and

blow for a family that had held out

hope against the seemingly

inevitable even as they arrived at

court. My daughter will be coming

home. There was little over the

first hour and a half of the

judgment to indicate which way the

decision might flow and Schapelle

Corby even looked relaxed at times,

but that all fell away as the

began to spell out how they judged but that all fell away as the judges

the witnesses in the case. The

Indonesian Customs officials who

found the marijuana in Schapelle

Corby's bag were accepted as

truthful. Every single defence

witness, those who tried to suggest

someone else planted the drugs,

ruled as irrelevant to the judgment. someone else planted the drugs, were

Friends, relatives, a baggage

handler and prisoner John Ford.

None of them could prove who else

had planted the drugs, the judges

said. Then the judges turned to

Corby herself saying she was

convincingly proved to have

trafficked the drugs. The actions

of the accused were a danger to the

community, the judges read. This

was a trance national crime that

could damage the minds of young people."

people." The die had been cast. could damage the minds of young

Before she was led away, Schapelle

Corby fought past police to embrace

her mother. Her last words before

leaving court, sounding as if she

was seeking spiritual solace.

You will get what you want in time.

You will get it better. Then as

she left for prison, a last

exchange Schapelle, you will come

home! Our government will bring you

home! Left behind were her lawyers,

castigated by the judges and deeply

worried about their client.

I don't think it was right.

But outside it was a far angrier

mood. To all our family and

friends, we love you all.

is innocent. This case is unjust! friends, we love you all. Schapelle

We will step by Schapelle every

of the way. Our lawyers have done We will step by Schapelle every step

their best and with the support of

all Australians Schapelle will come

home soon! (Screaming) And then

all over. A last few scrambled home soon! (Screaming) And then was

seconds and Schapelle Corby was

spirited off to Kerobokan prison.

media speck spectacle to the end. spirited off to Kerobokan prison. A

Tim, those scenes in court today

were quite extraordinary. What do

people in Indonesia make of the

whole drama surrounding the Corby

case? Not very much at all. Very

few Indonesians here today. Other

courts were all closed. Judges

on a seminar. That indicates this courts were all closed. Judges were

is very much one-way. Most

Indonesian newspapers have barely

ran a story on Corby. It was front

page a couple of days ago, but

previously there has only been one

day in which a national naup

day in which a national naup carried her story. People were mist fied

the enormous media attention her story. People were mist fied at

directed to this case and dozens of

police were drafted here as a

result. People were quite

about how outspoken the judges were result. People were quite surprised

about the case. They virtually

pre-empted the remember dict. Does

that usually what happen sns

There is a fairly technical

to when they say someone hasn't There is a fairly technical meaning

convincingly proven innocent. to when they say someone hasn't been

That's what happened in the

today. Certainly there are quirks That's what happened in the judgment

here that judges are able to talk

journalists about the case, here that judges are able to talk to

mitigated by the fact that there is journalists about the case, possibly

no jury to contaminate in any way

and also the way suspects are

brought in and out of court amid

such scenes. This is a prima facie

case and in any different legal

system in the world, probably the

defence would have proceeded and

they would have had a seemingly

difficult task that overturn a

prosecution case that started with

strong piece of evidence of a prosecution case that started with a

trying to cross a font tear with a strong piece of evidence of a person

piece of luggage carrying a

of drugs. Tim Palmer, thank you. piece of luggage carrying a quantity tsunami Australia gave aid. When Indonesia was struck by the their lives Nine Australians gave the ultimate -

on Nias Island helping Indonesians. when the helicopter crashed have become good friends. Australia and Indonesia be giving from both friends. For a friendship to grow, there must Even before the verdict was read Schapelle Corby's defence team about what would come next. was already thinking I expect to win decision like that. and I'm sure the justice will make If not I am straight away appeal. guys, you can hear directly today, They say there is justice but you where is that? they'd lodge an appeal, There was never any doubt They will also lodge an appeal within an appeal. It's not enough, because we think that for those involved in drugs, there can be no tolerance. Schapelle Corby is back in prison but the legal fight goes on. They will also lodge an appeal within an appeal. It's not enough, because we think that for those involved in drugs, there can be no tolerance. Schapelle Corby is back in prison but the legal fight goes on. The defence and prosecution appeals will run side by side going first to Indonesia's High Court and then to the Supreme Court. Arguments won't be heard in an open court room

and a decision could be reached within six months. Schapelle Corby's last resort

is an appeal to the Indonesian President for a pardon but to get that she'd have to admit she was guilty. Lisa Millar, ABC News, Denpasar. Schapelle Corby's supporters in Australia are distraught over the verdict. The Government has moved quickly to offer financial support for an appeal. The Opposition has gone even further, writing to the Indonesian President in support of a pardon. On the Gold Coast, Shapelle Corby's supporters were in tears. There's an innocent 26-year-old that's never going to have children, that's sitting in a jail in Bali now for 20 years... sorry. She's innocent. I am not going to leave her stuck there for 20 years - it's insanity.

Before the verdict, the Indonesian Embassy had received threatening letters and emails. The Ambassador spoke to ABC radio. Well I think it is a bit excessive as to you know - to drive some to a point that they, they threaten us. Overreactions of one kind or another by people is not going to help at all. Mindful of the strength of feeling over the 27-year-old's plight, the Government is offering to help cover the costs of an appeal and the expertise of two Perth QCs, who wouldn't charge for their services. Guilty or innocent, I feel for this young woman. Negotiations for a prisoner transfer agreement with Indonesia will begin within days. I very much hope we can, we can complete a prisoner transfer agreement well before the appeals process is complete. In an unusual move, the Labor Party has written to the Indonesian Government in support of a presidential pardon. We would ask the Australian Government

to provide full bipartisan support. She's one of 155 Australians in foreign prisons, one of 14 being held in Indonesia. But analyst Greg Fealy says Jakarta accepts that the Corby case stands apart. Indonesian Government understands that the Australian Government also has to respond to what's now become a very big political issue in Australia. This evening the Greens are leading a vigil outside the Embassy. I do ask that we all pause and understand the situation.

Pain, hurt, just devastation - that all the evidence she said was just ignored. We're saying no, that we will not lie down and let this happen to one of our own. The Shappelle Corby story is far from over. Craig McMurtrie, ABC News, Canberra. To other news now and the states are threatening a High Court challenge to John Howard's industrial relations shake-up. The warning came as the union movement began to mobilise a national campaign against the sweeping changes. The unions are promising a massive campaign against John Howard's industrial relations revolution, this morning giving him a taste of what's to come. (All Chant) Workers - yes! Howard - no! The strength of this protest outside Geelong forced the PM to abandon his original plans for a road funding announcement. In Sydney, unionists watched a video

forecasting grim consequences from the shake-up.

These laws are a recipe for social dislocation, stressed individuals, fractured families and broken communities. We all know what happens when society breaks down. The unions are promising an advertising blitz, workplace campaigns as well as meetings and rallies. These changes will put massive downward pressure on people's rights at work and their living standards.

This is not evolution - this is revolution. This is not incremental change - this is a major shift against working families and their interests. Inaccurate doomsaying, according to Mr Howard. Under my Government, the wages of average workers have gone up by 14% in real terms and there's lower unemployment than for 30 years. But the PM's push for a single national industrial relations system has even drawn fire from one State Liberal leader. I am terrified that a future Beazley-led Labor Government would lock up our employers in a heavily unionised system. John Howard's threatening to seize the States' industrial relations powers if they don't give them up voluntarily. The States have retaliated with a threat of their own, warning of a possible High Court challenge.

We are united in rejecting what the PM is proposing. I can't understand why, after a period of sound economic growth, the PM wants to stuff it up. And that should make for a willing discussion when the premiers meet the PM in a week. Jim Middleton, ABC News, Canberra.

An elderly Sydney man who killed his wife in a failed suicide pact has been given a 2-year suspended sentence. The Supreme Court found he was too frail to serve any time in jail.

The 86-year-old had pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Ronald Nicol's family expressed their relief at the judge's decision not to send their father to jail. We're just happy that it's all finished and Dad is going to spend the rest of his days where he is and...we still love him. I think the judgment was very fair and we, um, really have a lot of respect for Mr Justice Hulme who had to make an incredibly difficult decision. Ronald and Vera Nicol had been so devoted to each other for 63 years that Ronald agreed when his wife asked him to end her suffering. In April last year Mr Nicol hit his wife over the head with an iron bar,

then used a plastic bag to suffocate her. He then tried to kill himself by taking an overdose of sleeping tablets and painkillers and slashing his wrist. But his attempt failed. In the days after Mrs Nicol's death Mr Nicol told a psychiatrist he and his wife believed in euthanasia and that they'd always said they'd go together. I didn't know that they had discussed it.

They certainly didn't discuss it with us. The court heard the couple had suffered ill-health and had decided life wasn't worth living. Today Justice Robert Hulme gave Mr Nicol a 2-year suspended sentence and a 2-year good behaviour bond. He told the court: He said Mr Nicol's age and health prevented him from sending him to jail. Jayne Margetts, ABC News Sydney. After shunning the Palestinian leadership for more than four years, the US President has held his first meeting with Yasser Arafat's successor, Mahmoud Abbas.

George Bush has pledged more aid for the Palestinians, and called on Israel to curb its expansion of settlements in Palestinian territory. ABC North America correspondent John Shovelan reports. The visit was a long time coming. It is my honour to welcome the democratically-elected leader of the Palestinian people to the White House. Mahmoud Abbas is the first Palestinian leader to be invited to the Bush White House. Unlike his predecessor, Yasser Arafat, he can work with President Bush regards him as a man and wants to help him fend off a challenge in elections from Hamas. The United States and the international community applaud your rejection of terrorism. All who engage in terror are the enemies of a Palestinian state and must be held to account. The Palestinian leader sought support and some firm commitments to an independent Palestinian state which he says is under attack. Writing in the 'Wall Street Journal' he says: Israel should not undertake any activity that contravenes road map obligations or prejudice final-status negotiations. Mahmoud Abbas warned President Bush time to find a solution was short. Time is becoming our greatest enemy. We should end this conflict before it is too late. The Palestinian leader leaves with a pledge of $65 million in direct aid

to the Palestinian Authority and he says he is more confident of the position of the US Government. John Shovelan, ABC News, Washington. There's been a stark warning

about the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan. United Nations chief Kofi Annan

says it will only get worse unless more is done to stop the violence there. Donors have already promised hundreds of millions of dollars worth of aid for people who have fled the fighting. We will get them enough food so that they can concentrate all their efforts

on planting for the next year, when the rains come. Addressing a conference in Ethiopia, Mr Annan says the aid effort is moving too slowly and it could be disrupted if the violence worsens.

He's called for an increase in the peacekeeping force in the region, where rebels have accused pro-government militias of genocide. To finance now - and local share prices followed Wall Street higher today after positive news about the US economy. Here's Alan Kohler. The US sharemarket had quite a strong session, closing nearly 1% higher,

after first quarter GDP was revised from 3.1% to 3.5% growht. There was a sense among investors that the US economy is out of the woods, and that the immediate danger of a reversal in response to rising interest rates had passed. The other effect of this was on the US dollar which hit a new 2005 high against the euro, which in turn led to a drop in the Australian dollar, back to US 76 cents. The local sharemarket followed Wall Street higher - the All Ordinaries index closed up 0.5%,

and one of the biggest gains was Telstra, which surged back above $5 dollars on talk that a new Chief Executive would be appointed very soon. BHP Billiton, Orica and ASX also put in sold gains.

And one stock worth mentioning is Babcock & Brown its shares jumped 9% after the company said profit would be 32% higher than last year's prospectus forecast.

And here's one of the reasons share prices have been going up - demand created by the money pouring into super. These statistics came from the ABS today and the amount in super has gone up 20% to more than $400 billion, and the total amount of funds being managed has increased by more than $100 billion, a lot of which has been chasing shares. And by the way, it means the fees being reaped by the investment industry has also gone up by about 20% - which is not bad when inflation is 2.5%. Asian sharemarkets also went up today. The oil price was about steady and elsewhere on commodity markets,

gold was slightly higher, but copper and lead fell. I'll be back at 9.45am Sunday with 'Inside Business'. Until then, that's finance. The Gold Coast will be back in the National Rugby League from 2007. The Queensland consortium beat bids from the Central Coast and Wellington in New Zealand. Ronald Nicol's family expressed their relief

at the judge's decision not to send their father to jail.

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Now the big job begins. The honeymoon will probably last for a couple of weeks, but the big task now is to have success as early as we can. But today's announcement hasn't impressed everyone.

Broncos coach Wayne Bennett says it will detract from this season's on-field action and he doubts there are enough quality players for 16 teams. There will be more backroom deals done now then have ever been done. Every time you talk about a player, they will say, "Well, wait till the Coast," and that's what they're talking to you now about. The NRL says the New South Wales Central Coast will need to entice an existing club to relocate if it still wants a team,

as it has no plans to expand the competition further. A spokesman for John Singleton's Central Coast bid says they are looking at other ways to attract games to Gosford. Mark Hides, ABC News. The last two Australian singles players at the French Open

have been beaten in the second round. Samantha Stosur and Chris Guccione both lost. But the highest ranked overnight casualty was world men's number two, Andy Roddick. Here's Peter Wilkins.

No Australians and no American men are left in the draw. In 15 appearances at Grand Slam events, Argentinean Jose Acasuso had never made it to the third round. That all changed today on the Parisian red clay as he and three of his countrymen advanced. Andy Roddick appeared to be cruising when he comfortably won the opening two sets.

But the world number 62 struck back to take the third and fourth sets 6-4, 6-3. Both 22-year-olds struggled with cramps during the final set. The decisive break went the Argentinean's way in the 13th game. He served the match out to leave the US without a man in the French third round for the second year in a row. Trans-Tasman rivalries will be ignited tomorrow when the NSW Waratahs take on the Canterbury Crusaders

for rugby's Super 12 crown. Probably don't rate us over here as much as we rate ourselves.

Expectant father Lote Tuqiri arrived in Christchurch today alongside team-mate Brendan Cannon who beat him to the punch with a baby boy and will play his last match for the Waratahs. In a bit of a daze. It's been an amazing week. It'll be an emotional send-off as well for 104-game veteran Justin Marshall,

part of a heavy representation of All Blacks in the favoured Crusaders.

However, the Waratahs refuse to be intimidated. We're quietly confident in our ability to come up with the goods. An estimated 500,000 Liverpudlians have crammed the route to Anfield Stadium, celebrating their side's incredible comeback victory in the European Champions League. Fans clambered onto every vantage point to see the team

that finally ended the club's years in the soccer wilderness, after it trailed AC Milan 3-0. Absolutely brilliant. Liverpool's victory could boost an economic resurgence in the city that brought the world the Beatles, though on this day, one in five workers took the day off. Australia's Chelsea Georgeson continued her impressive form on the women's world tour with a second placing in the final of the latest event in England. 21-year-old Georgeson eliminated 6-time world champion Layne Beachley in the semifinal. Beachley is now third in the rankings. Georgeson lost the final to the Peruvian she's chasing for the world title, Sofia Mulanovich, who's won three of the last four events. It's one of the last frontiers of human exploration - the bottom of the ocean. Deep sea diving has its limits and its dangers, but now science has come up with a 21st-Century alternative to the human explorer - a robot. Able to dive up to 700m and operate for up to eight hours, the robot can go where no scientist has been able to until now. It collects sensitive information - sonar and video images - and we use that information to build models of the reef, places that we haven't been able to reach in the past.

These images were taken by the robot on the Great Barrier Reef. Sonar helps the machine feel its way around the coral. The camera and other sensors allows scientists to build a 3D picture of the ocean. Eventually we'd like to just drop it off the side of the boat and come back in three weeks and it would have mapped out - surveyed the entire sea floor, found out all the different changes that's happening over time. So, hopefully there will be no human interaction. Coral bleaching is changing the face of the world's reefs.

This robot can now more accurately document the extent of the die-off. People are trying to understand why this is happening, how extensive it is whether it's a function of depth, or water temperature. And being able to monitor it at deeper depths is important to understanding these factors that affect the reefs. But reefs aren't the only application. Eventually scientists hope it will assist in the exploration of untapped gas and oil deposits

and even underwater seismic activity. Sarah Clarke, ABC News. Sydneysiders have been told to prepare themselves for tougher water restrictions, probably before the end of next week. The city's dam system has dropped below the critical 40% mark.

So, is there any chance of some last-minute rain to keep those new restrictions at bay? Mike Bailey has the answer. This is a journey of many steps. There are many things to be done. I have tried to resist imposing further restrictions for as long as I could. It's now likely that next week we will announce level three water restrictions and I would ask the community to stick with us on this issue because together we'll get through it. Precisely what the tougher restrictions will mean won't be spelled out until then. So, is there any chance of some last-minute rain to keep those new restrictions at bay?

Mike Bailey has the answer. Thanks Juanita, good evening. The outlook's not good. Dry for the next week in Sydney, and over most of NSW and it's cooling down. Sydney's temperatures were a couple below average for the coastal range of 9 to 18 degrees, while Richmond and Badgery's Creek began the day with a low of zero.

Thanks, Mike. And that's ABC News for this Friday. I'm Juanita Phillips. Stay with us now for a special edition of the '7:30 Report' on the Schapelle Corby verdict and 'Lateline' will have further coverage at 11 O'clock. Enjoy the rest of your evening and have a great weekend. Captions by Captioning and Subtitling International.