Bakir admits bribery claims ‘baseless’

The Gold Coast businessman who is helping to fund the defence of accused drug smuggler Schapelle Corby has backed away from statements suggesting Bali prosecutors had sought bribes.

During a radio interview last month, Ron Bakir claimed prosecutors were open to bribes in exchange for a lighter sentence for the Queensland woman.

Mr Bakir, who will return to Bali tonight, now says the claims are “baseless” and has apologised to Indonesian authorities.