Schapelle Corby inside Kerobokan prison in Bali.
Schapelle Corby inside Kerobokan prison in Bali.

Corby witness ?no help



THE man named as a key witness in the retrial of convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby says he has no information that can help free her.

Ronnie Vigenza, who was named as the owner of the 4.1kg of marijuana found in Corby's bodyboard bag, says he is wrongly accused.

"I was glad for her that she got a retrial," Mr Vigenza said last night.

"(But) I find that strange that there are baggage handlers and there's other people involved and I'm still No.1 suspect."

Mr Vigenza was asked if he could say anything to help Corby.

"No ... I have no information whatsoever," he said.

Mr Vigenza said he had been feeling like a prisoner in his own home since he was named by inmate John Ford as the owner of the drugs, in evidence given by Ford during Corby's trial earlier this year.

He said he did not remember Ford from prison, but he felt threatened and had faced abuse in the street since his claims became public.

Meanwhile, Qantas and Sydney Airport say they will cooperate with any requests for information from Corby's defence team.

The chief judge of Bali's High Court, Made Lingga, has agreed to allow Corby's lawyers to present new witnesses backing the Gold Coast woman's claims she did not know anything about marijuana found in her luggage at Bali airport last October.

Corby's lawyers want at least a dozen witnesses to appear, including Australian prisoners, and Qantas baggage handlers and check-in staff.

Customs Minister Chris Ellison yesterday said he had written to Qantas and Brisbane and Sydney airports passing on requests from Corby's lawyers in relation to the witnesses they are seeking to have come forward in her defence.

A Qantas spokeswoman said staff would be as cooperative as possible.

"We have cooperated with Schapelle Corby's defence team in the past and we will continue to do so wherever possible, we will encourage our staff to volunteer any relevant information to the defence team," the Qantas spokeswoman said.

In May, Qantas chief executive Geoff Dixon said he could not rule out a link between corrupt baggage handlers implicated in a cocaine smuggling racket and claims by Corby that handlers had planted drugs in her luggage. - AAP



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