Schapelle Corby's brother to admit drug charges

Schapelle Corby. Photo / AP
Schapelle Corby. Photo / AP

Schapelle Corby's half-brother will plead guilty to cocaine possession charges, his lawyer says.

James Soeli Kisina appeared via video link in the Beenleigh Magistrates Court, south of Brisbane, on Tuesday.

His lawyer Tamara Lawton asked for an adjournment until next Tuesday, saying her client would plead guilty.

The 26-year-old was charged with possession of a dangerous drug and obstructing police after being arrested at Waterford, near the southern Brisbane suburb of Logan, on October 26.

Kisina was remanded in custody.

He was with Corby when she was caught attempting to smuggle more than 4kg of marijuana into Bali in a bodyboard bag on October 8, 2004.

Corby was sentenced to 20 years behind bars in 2005, but Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono last year granted her clemency on humanitarian grounds and slashed her sentence by five years.

Last month, Corby edged closer to parole after winning crucial approval from the Justice Ministry office in Bali.

The convicted drug smuggler would have to serve her parole in Bali, where she would live with her sister Mercedes and brother-in-law Wayan Widyartha.

- AAP

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