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Corby's High Court appeal closed

Reporter: Tim Palmer

TONY JONES: Schapelle Corby's bid to prove her innocence has come to an abrupt halt. Judges in Bali
have refused to give her any more time to find further witnesses and say the special hearings in
her High Court appeal are now closed. From Bali, Indonesia, correspondent Tim Palmer.

TIM PALMER: Schapelle Corby's lawyers have been given so many last chances it's difficult to
suggest this might really have been her final day in court. But as she arrived, she already knew
the key evidence her team had promised the court - witnesses to prove someone else planted the
drugs in her bag - again hadn't materialised.

HOTMAN PARIS HUTAPEA, CORBY LAWYER: She was crying because until she know there is no - until the
last day, there is no witness from Australia. She is very, very sad. She feel, she feel very

TIM PALMER: Instead, defence lawyers brought two Qantas check-in employees, hoping to demonstrate
that if the marijuana had been in Corby's body board bag when she checked in, they would have seen
or smelt something suspicious. But the move was less than helpful. Qantas employee Howard Parr,
shown the bag with the drugs in it, was asked if he considered it looked suspicious. He answered,
"no". Likewise, his colleague, Ricky Lee Clark, said "the bag didn't appear suspicious." Although,
when it was opened and the plastic bags containing the marijuana unsealed, he said, if it had smelt
like that he might have questioned what was in it. The only moment of real joy for the defence came
when they asked to re-weigh the bag of drugs on bathroom scales they'd brought for the purpose. And
that rather unscientific method produced a weight half a kilogram lighter than that Schapelle Corby
was charged with. The defence lawyers claimed the evidence had been compromised. Judge Linton Serat
declared these special hearings, at last, closed. Not that, in this case, even that is final. He
commented that it wasn't impossible the High Court might order them re-opened at a later time.

HOTMAN PARIS HUTAPEA: I'm still optimistic. That's why I need, really, the support of your
government and your diplomacy as well.

TIM PALMER: Certainly, the defence still wants the chance to bring other witnesses. In particular,
the Victorian prisoner known only as 'Paul', to give evidence that a fellow inmate had said the
drugs were his. But Paul wants to testify by video link and in disguise. It may be all too late.
The ABC has today seen a letter sent by Bali's High Court to Corby's lawyers, ruling there'll be no
video evidence and no more extensions of the hearings. "Enough time has been allowed and it's not
necessary to extend it again with no clear witnesses to be presented." If that's the case, this may
well have been Schapelle Corby's last court appearance before the High Court makes its decision.
Tim Palmer, Lateline.