Damaging snaps of Corby found in raid

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 11 December, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 11 December, 2005, 12:00am

Photographs of convicted Queensland drugs smuggler Schapelle Corby, pictured with a man arrested for allegedly trafficking cannabis, have been seized by Australian police.

The snaps were taken before Corby was charged with importing 4.1kg of marijuana into Bali last October, for which she received a 20-year prison term, later reduced to 15 years.

They were discovered when detectives raided the South Australian home of an alleged marijuana smuggler.

The chance find happened during a joint police operation involving officers from South Australia and Queensland to bust an alleged trafficking ring between the two Australian states.

The photographs, if genuine, could seriously damage Corby's hopes of a successful appeal against her prison sentence.

Balinese prosecution sources said they wanted the Australian authorities to give them copies of the pictures in a bid to bolster their case for an increase in the 28-year-old woman's sentence.

But Corby's lawyers dismissed the images as inadmissible.

Hotman Paris Hutapea, who is leading her defence, remained confident her sentence would be reduced.

'Legally, the photos are not admissible as evidence, but they may affect the personal thinking of the judges,' he admitted.

He insisted the evidence presented by the pictures was weak.

'You could have your photo taken with prostitutes, drug dealers, you never know who, until years later someone brings these photos out. It doesn't make you guilty of a crime,' he said.

Corby has always maintained that the cannabis found in her luggage at Bali airport was planted by an Australian drugs gang.