12 Feb 2014

Premier dismayed Corby may profit

8:50 pm on 12 February 2014

The Premier of Queensland says he will investigate whether the Australian state's proceeds of crime laws can be applied to convicted drug-smuggler Schapelle Corby.

Campbell Newman.

Campbell Newman. Photo: AAP

Corby spent nine years of a 20-year sentence in Bali's Kerobokan Prison after being convicted of smuggling 4.1 kilograms of marijuana into Indonesia in 2004. She was jailed the following year.

Campbell Newman says he is dismayed that the former Gold Coast beauty student is apparently being paid to tell her story about her incarceration and will ask his Attorney-General if she can be stopped from profiting from it, the ABC reports.

It has been widely reported that Channel Seven has paid between $A2 million and $A3 million for the exclusive rights to the 36-year-old's story.

An Indonesian official is being sent to the luxury Bali villa where Corby is staying to monitor what she says in any exclusive media interview.

Channel Seven journalist Mike Willesee says the suggestion of Corby being paid more than $2 million is crazy.

Schapelle Corby is expected to live with her sister Mercedes in Bali until her parole finishes in 2017 and she is free to return to Australia.