Indonesian court sentences Schapelle Corby to 20 years jail

Indonesian court sentences Schapelle Corby to 20 years jail

Indonesian court sentences Schapelle Corby to 20 years jail

Updated 31 March 2012, 23:20 AEDT

Australian Schapelle Corby has been sentenced to 20 years jail and fined more than $US10,000 after an Indonesian court found her guilty of smuggling marijuana into Bali.

The three judges found that Corby, 27, smuggled 4.1 kilograms of marijuana into the Indonesian resort island last October.

Judge Linton Sirait said: "The panel of judges declares the defendant legally and convincingly guilty of the crime of illegal importation of narcotics".

As the judges delivered their verdict Corby reacted by slapping her forehead with the palm of her hand, as she struggled to contain her emotions.

The judges sentenced Corby to 20 years in jail and imposed a $US10,500 fine.

Corby's lawyers say they will appeal against the sentence.

Speaking after the verdict, Australia's Foreign Minister Alexander Downer expressed sympathy for Corby, and expressed relief that the court did not impose a death sentence.

Mr Downer says the government will begin formal negotiations on a prisoner transfer agreement with Indonesia in the next ten days.

However, Indonesia's foreign ministry spokesman, Marty Natalegawa, has described a one-off transfer as a "slippery slope".

He said making special one-off arrangements for one Australian would lead to similar demands by others in future cases.