Corby's parole case heard

Last updated 19:26 03/02/2014
Schapelle Corby
JAILED: Convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby.

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Schapelle Corby may be close to being released from a Bali prison, following a secretive parole hearing last week.

The parole hearing was the last major hurdle Corby had to clear before her probable release from Kerobokan Prison.

The convicted drug smuggler has already been issued a new passport and approval from the Indonesian immigration department to serve out her sentence in her sister's Kuta home.

Akbar, a spokesman for the Indonesian Corrections Directorate General, confirmed the hearing had taken place.

''Yes, the parole hearing has been conducted, last week, on Thursday to be exact,'' he told reporters.

''But we can't tell the result yet. Let's wait.''

Justice Minister Amir Syamsuddin has already said publicly he can see no reason why Corby's parole bid should be rejected.
The immigration department had already confirmed that Corby, who has served nine years in jail, was legally able to stay in Indonesia to serve out her sentence.

Once she is out of jail, Corby must spend the rest of her sentence under the care of her sister, Mercedes, and brother in law, surf-shop owner Wayan Widyartha. She has agreed she will work designing bikinis at Widyartha's shop.

Corby was found guilty of smuggling 4.2kg of marijuana into Indonesia in 2004 and sentenced to 20 years in prison. After a two-month sentence cut for good behaviour at Christmas, she will be eligible to return to Australia on July 25, 2017.

-AAP and Fairfax

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