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Life Sentence Sought for Australian in Bali Drug Trial


Schapelle Corby reacts to prosecutors' sentencing demand
Indonesian prosecutors are seeking a life sentence for an Australian woman accused of smuggling drugs into the resort island of Bali.

Beauty therapist Schapelle Corby broke down in tears as prosecutors made their request in a court in Bali's capital, Denpasar. Ms. Corby could have faced a possible death sentence for allegedly smuggling four kilograms of marijuana in her luggage.

Ms. Corby denies any knowledge of the drugs and defense lawyers say the drugs were planted in her luggage by organized criminals.

Ms. Corby's case has attracted wide media attention in Australia, prompting the government in Canberra to lobby Indonesia on her behalf.

Australian officials have asked that Ms. Corby be allowed to serve any jail sentence in Australia, if convicted.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.

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