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Last updated 13:25 10/02/2014

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A NEW LIFE: Schapelle Corby will be jostled into an outside world very different from the one she last saw.

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Schapelle Corby has been released from Kerobokan jail, wearing a full tartan face cover.

More than 100 police were on standby at the Bali jail for Corby’s released.

The 36-year-old walked out of Kerobokan prison about 1.15pm, NZT, more than nine years of being locked up for drug smuggling.

Police created a human corridor from the prison's front door to a large green prison van for the high-profile parolee.

An enormous media contingent, mostly from Australia and Indonesia, was been pushed back behind police lines ahead of her release.

Vice police chief of the Badung area, Agus Nugroho, said he had 106 officers ready to escort Corby from the prison.

"This security is based on the request of the head of the prison," he said.

"Corby will come out from the main door of the prison and go straight to a car standing by."

Four police on motorbikes will escort Corby to the prosecutor's office at Denpasar, he said.

Earlier, prison boss Farid Junaedi said the letter from the relevant minister confirming Corby's parole had arrived on Sunday and Corby would be released on Monday.

"We can't confirm the time yet but it will definitely be today," he said.

From the jail, Corby will go to the prosecutor's office at Denpasar, where more media are setting up.

After being fingerprinted and interviewed she must go to a corrections office, before heading to the Kuta home of her sister Mercedes and brother-in-law Wayan Widyartha.

THE SCHAPELLE CORBY SAGA:

October 8, 2004 - Arrested at Bali airport with 4.1kg of cannabis in bodyboard bag

May 27, 2005 - Found guilty of drug trafficking and sentenced to 20 years' jail

July 5, 2005 - Case reopened after appeals by both defence (for a new trial) and prosecution (asking for life imprisonment)

October 15, 2005 - Bali's High Court reduces sentence to 15 years. Both sides appeal to Indonesia's Supreme Court

January 19, 2006 - Supreme Court reinstates original 20-year sentence

August 25, 2006 - Corby appeals against sentence to Supreme Court on the basis of CCTV footage, which never materialises

March 28, 2008 - Supreme Court rejects final appeal, leaving presidential clemency her last resort

August 17, 2011 - Prison governor confirms she has been granted a total of 22 months remission over the preceding five years

May 22, 2012 - Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono orders five-year reduction in sentence

Aug 17, 2013 - Corby recommended for early release but process bogged down by bureaucratic wrangling

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Dec 25, 2013 - Sentence cut by two months as part of an annual Christmas remission program

Jan 20, 2014 - Frenchman Michael Blanc, jailed for smuggling hash into Bali in 1999, released on parole to live in Jakarta

Jan 21, 2014 - Indonesia's Corrections Department says Corby's parole case to be heard by end of the month

HOW THE CORBYS KEPT AUSTRALIA CAPTIVATED:

March 2007 - Queensland Court of Appeal freezes proceeds earned by Schapelle Corby and family from interviews and her top-selling book, My Story, by former Nine Network producer Kathryn Bonella.

June 2008 - Mercedes Corby wins multi-million dollar defamation payout from the Seven Network, which aired defamatory claims by her former best friend Jodie Power.

December 2008 - Mercedes appears on the cover of lads mag Ralph in a bikini, saying: "It's good to have some nice photos at my age with three kids."

April 2009 - The commonwealth seizes A$128,000 of profits from My Story, having sought A$270,000.

April 2013 - Corbys awarded more than A$50,000 in damages for family photos published in the book Sins of the Father without consent. They had sought A$300,000.

May 2013 - Defamation claim brought by Schapelle's brother Michael against the same book, by journalist Eamonn Duff, is dismissed. A number of claims remain, including Mercedes' imputation that the book defames her by alleging she exploited her sister's incarceration by profiting from media deals.

- AAP

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