Schapelle Corby's mental state 'fragile'
Family and friends of Schapelle Corby are increasingly concerned about her mental health, with her brother-in-law pleading for the media to leave her alone. Nine News.PT1M44S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-34844 620 349 March 6, 2014
Schapelle Corby locked herself in the toilet for an entire day and was still on “heavy medication”, her brother-in-law revealed on Wednesday as he begged the media to give her space and not to “twist” the family’s words.
But as Wayan Widyartha was giving his plea, the Indonesian media was ramping up its demand that Corby be locked back in Kerobokan prison.
Mr Wayan spoke to journalists outside his family compound on Wednesday saying the media presence was “the hardest thing” for Corby to take, even compared to the threat of being imprisoned again.
Schapelle Corby poses with her nephew Wyan after her release from prison. Photo: Network Seven.
“It's the hardest thing, I think. She can't say anything, we can't say anything,” he said.
He also said she was hallucinating about a large media scrum following her wherever she went.
“It’s like illusion of peoples … If she goes out, it's like she's still seeing people (crowding her). She's still traumatised.”
Schapelle's sister Mercedes and husband Wayan fight their way through the media pack after visiting Shapelle in prison before her release. Photo: Justin McManus
Asked about her attempted suicide, Mr Wayan sighed heavily and then said: “It’s because of stress, she's mentally ill. We sometimes can't speak to her. She stayed in the toilet for the whole day, she’s still on heavy medication … for her depression.”
The family had reportedly previously denied any attempt at suicide, despite the comments of Bali Justice Office senior official Sunar Agus, who witnessed Corby take a knife and try to slice her wrist on Monday night.
Mr Wayan said the family had “access to a psychologist online,” but he said it was too expensive to bring a doctor from Australia.
“The doctor visited her in prison. We also use [Bali’s most prominent and respected psychiatrist] Dr Denny Thong."
But Corby’s mental state and attempt at self-harm have evoked no sympathy among the politicians or media in Jakarta calling for her to be imprisoned again. Under a headline, “Waiting for tough action on Corby,” Metro TV’s morning anchor Najwa Shihab called for immediate revocation of the Australian drug smuggler's parole.
Referring to justice minister Amir Syamsuddin’s comments on Tuesday that the Corby family was testing his patience, Najwa suggested the minister and the Indonesian government generally was testing the patience of the whole nation.
Metro TV is owned and run by a local tycoon, Surya Paloh, who himself has political ambitions.
An editorial in newspaper Media Indonesia said the Seven Network’s Sunday Night program interview with Mercedes Corby had “ridiculed” Indonesian “law and sovereignty” because it suggested her sister Schapelle was innocent and had been “the victim in a set up” by Indonesian officials.
It accused the Indonesian government of a weak response, in contrast with the “tougher” action by the Australian Federal Police in raiding the Seven Network in a proceeds of crime investigation. “Simply revoke the parole as soon as possible and send Corby back into the prison,” the newspaper said.
Increasing the ammunition against Corby within Indonesia was evidence from the luxury Villa Sentosa Seminyak that the Seven Network was paying the Corby family’s bill during their three-week stay there.
Mr Sunar said he still did not know the exact amount of the bill, but: “It's accurate information” that Seven paid the bill.
“However, it is not information we got from Mercedes … she would not admit it. Mercedes told me there was no payment for the interview, no agreement (for payment).”
The information had come from the villas.
Mr Sunar would not comment on whether the payment of the villa bill constituted payment for the interview, saying that was a matter for “interpretation”, but the news may be used against the 36-year-old Australian by those now calling for her to be jailed again.