The soap opera gets better and better. Since her release on parole Ms Corby has been staying in a 5 star luxury resort paid for by Australia's Channel 7 who have apparently paid her $3,000.000AUD for her first eclusive interview. The Indonesian parole board visited Ms Corby to remind her that to be on parole she has to admit to her crimes so that she can rehabilitate therefore to either deny she was guilty or critisise the Indonesian judicial or prison system would be a breach of her parole and put her back inside. If she has done the interview she cannot allow it to be aired and if she hasn't what else can she say that is of interest to anyone and if that is the case who is going to stump up for the 5 star resort where she is still staying.
And now the Aussie Federal Police want a slice of the pie!!!
The Schapelle Corby saga took a dramatic turn yesterday when police raided the offices of the TV network that hopes to air her first post-prison interview.
Armed with search warrants, more than 20 officers marched into Channel Seven's Sydney headquarters demanding to see paperwork relating to any deals made with the drug smuggler.
Since she was released on parole last week, Corby has been staying at a luxury Bali resort with a TV crew from the network's Sunday Night programme. Speculation has raged that she is in line to receive up to A$3 million ($3.24 million) when she finally talks on camera.
Yesterday the Australian Federal Police confirmed search warrants were executed over an ongoing proceeds of crime investigation.
Furious Seven commercial director Bruce McWilliam described the raid as an attack on the press, and said he had received an expression of regret from a Government minister.
"You've got some heavy-handed goon who thinks they can just come storming in and terrorise people who are trying to carry out their duties," he told the Australian.
"It's a gross overreaction."
In heated scenes, network lawyers questioned the validity of the warrants as AFP officers spent the day at Seven West Media's corporate offices looking for papers connected to the Corby family. Investigators became agitated as a crew tried to film them.
Seven executives insist no deal has yet been secured with Corby, who has been warned by Indonesian authorities that any interview could breach her parole and lead to her being taken back to jail.
McWilliam said police appeared to have bought into speculation of a A$2 million to A$3 million payday. "[Our offer] probably falls far short of what someone in the federal police imagines it should be," he said. "It's a very small figure."
Officers also searched the office of Seven West women's magazine New Idea, which is likely to be part of any deal. Sunday Night's office, which is in another part of the city, was not raided until yesterday afternoon. Police officers were earlier filmed asking Seven staff where it was.
The dramatic events took place after investigators last week demanded documents from Seven, which the network says were handed over. "We don't think it was what they were expecting to see, so they think we're not co-operating with the order," added McWilliam.
Attorney-General George Brandis said police informed him they had executed search warrants, a decision he said was made "independently of government".
In Bali, Sunday Night interviewer Mike Willesee said his programme was only first in line if Corby agrees to speak. "[Police] will find nothing," he said. "They will find no payment because there is no payment."
After serving nine years in jail, the 36-year-old must remain on parole in Indonesia for another three years before she can return to Australia.
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