Schapelle Corby, with her face covered, reports for a
parole hearing before being released on February 10. (Photo
by Putu Sayoga/Getty Images)
An emotional Mercedes Corby says she had to feed,
medicate and bathe her sister during her time behind bars in
In an interview with the Seven Network's Sunday Night program
following Schapelle Corby's release, Mercedes says her sister
is "broken now".
"I feel that now she really relies on me," she said in the
interview, aired on Sunday.
"She has had to rely on me so she has lost her strength.
"She was such a strong person before.
"She is different."
There has been widespread speculation about how much would be
paid for an interview with Schapelle Corby, who was convicted
in 2005 of drug smuggling into Bali, but Seven has denied
paying any money.
The programme captured Schapelle's first moments out of jail,
including a sunset swim with her brother at a Bali beach.
Mercedes cried as she described acting as a nurse for her
sister in Kerobokan prison.
"There were times I was allowed inside her room and I would
bathe her," she said.
"For months we had to hand feed her.
"I would have to stick her medicine with my finger down her
throat, hold a straw to her mouth so she could drink. She
"They would have to carry her, she was like a zombie walking
to and from her room."
Schapelle was not interviewed but some of her first words
after her release were recorded.
After she was led from custody to a waiting black van and
through a bustling crowd of media last month, Schapelle said
she felt used.
"I started crying because I just feel so used," she says with
her face covered with a scarf.
"They just use me. People judge me and say I am a really bad
person but look at this.
"I don't like to judge but that's wrong," she said, as the
photographers swarmed all over her van.
Mercedes also dismissed rumours her late father Michael Corby
was linked to the four kilograms of marijuana in Schapelle's
body board bag.
"All those rumours that have been said about my dad are
wrong," she told Sunday Night.
"They are untrue and if my dad was alive now, they would have
never been published.
"They would have never been said because he could defend
Mercedes said she wanted the marijuana tested, footage from
Australian and Indonesian airports and for fingerprinting but
She also reiterated a defence used in the case, alleging
airline baggage handlers were involved in planting the drugs
in Schapelle's bag.
"I don't know who put it in that bag but I am pretty sure
something to do with someone who worked in the airports,"
Indonesian authorities have indicated they will examine the
Authorities have warned Schapelle against participating in an
interview, which could land her back in jail for breaching