Schapelle Corby set for parties, riches and prying eyes

06:20, Feb 09 2014
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Convicted Australian drug trafficker Schapelle Corby covers her face as she is escorted by policeman while leaving a beauty salon near Sanglah hospital in Indonesia's island of Bali in July 2008.
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Schapelle Leigh Corby, a then-27-year-old Australian, cries as she sits in a courtroom during her trial for drug smuggling in Denpasar on January 27, 2005.
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Australian beauty therapist Schapelle Corby cries after she was found guilty of trying to smuggle 4.1kg (9 lb) of marijuana into Bali, in a Denpasar court on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on May 27, 2005. An Indonesian court on sentenced Corby to 20 years in jail after finding her guilty. Corby had repeatedly argued the drugs found by Bali airport officials in her bag were not hers and said they were planted there.
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Schapelle Corby resists a police officer's attempt to escort her from a court after she was found guilty of trying to smuggle 4.1kg (9 lb) of marijuana into Bali.
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Australian beauty therapist Schapelle Corby attends her trial in a Denpasar court on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on July 20, 2005.
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Schapelle Corby receives a kiss from her mother after she was found guilty of trying to smuggle 4.1kg (9 lb) of marijuana into Bali.
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Australian beauty therapist Schapelle Corby is escorted by police after she arrived at a Denpasar court on the Indonesian resort island of Bali July 20, 2005.
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Australian Schapelle Corby is escorted by court officials as she leaves a Denpasar courtroom during her trial on the Indonesian resort island of Bali April 14, 2005.
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Media and Indonesian authorities wait for Schapelle Corby to be escorted from jail.
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Media and Indonesian authorities wait for Schapelle Corby to be escorted from jail.
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Media and Indonesian authorities wait for Schapelle Corby to be escorted from jail.
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Schapelle Corby waits in the corrections bureau after her release from jail.

In a further promising sign that Schapelle Corby will spend her last night behind bars on Sunday, the boss of Kerobokan prison says he has confirmation the documents allowing her parole have been sent from Jakarta.

Farid Junaedi says if he can get the critical paperwork by Monday morning, the Australian could be free to go in the afternoon, after serving nine years for drug smuggling.

From Kerobokan, officials say she will have to go to a parole office in Denpasar for fingerprinting.

The next stop is the corrections office, also in Denpasar, where she will be interviewed further about the conditions of her parole, including the arrangements for her monitoring.

Corby, 36, will then be free to go to the Kuta home of her sister Mercedes and brother-in-law Wayan Widyartha.

She is headed for a job designing bikinis, a new home until 2017 and a big party.

But first she must run the gauntlet of an angry local reaction, including a call for the death penalty, before taking her first steps as a free woman since she was jailed nine years ago.

''Corby deserves the death penalty,'' said Ahmad Yani, a member of the minority Islamic United Development Party. ''We lose 50 children to drugs every day.''

More mainstream views were also highly critical.

''Corby's freeing is highly offensive to society's sense of justice,'' ran an editorial in the newspaper Media Indonesia, a view also carried by Metro TV, a major news channel. ''Is not that the same as rewarding an enemy who has killed our children?''

Not aiding these perceptions of special privilege are somewhat overblown reports about how much money ''the ganja queen'' stands to collect from a post-release interview.

No matter the controversy, the freedoms Corby will enjoy on parole will be light years from her time in Kerobokan Prison. She may not even need to stay in her sister Mercedes' Kuta compound, where Australia's media contingent is expected to relocate after she walks free.

Almost 10 years after she travelled to Indonesia for her sister's 30th birthday, she will finally get to party in Bali.

A close friend of the Corby family living in Bali says ''most definitely'' there will be a celebration for Corby when she's released.

Dane Kasih, born on the Gold Coast and now living and working in Bali, says Corby deserves a big welcome home party. ''A 'good job for doing your time','' he says.

Under her parole conditions there is no obligation on her to admit any responsibility for the 4.2 kilograms of marijuana found in her boogie board bag in October 8, 2004.

In documents signed by Corby in Kerobokan prison last August, the Australian promised to abide by a series of relatively light conditions.

While on parole, she said, she would not use or distribute drugs, she would report at least monthly to the Bali corrections board, and she would ''dress neatly and appropriately for the officials''.

''If I cannot fulfil those requirements, I'm ready to be sent back to prison to undergo the rest of the sentence,'' Corby said in the documents.

Corby told corrections officials she would be productively employed designing bikinis for her brother-in-law Wayan Widyartha's surf shop, according to the chief of Bali's corrections board, Ketut Artha.

The board that will watch for her welfare and behaviour after her release will also make snap inspections of the family compound to make sure it remains suitable, but Corby does not necessarily need to live there.

Under Indonesia's corrections system, Corby must have a home base, which will be the house of her sister Mercedes and brother-in-law

But Mr Ketut told Fairfax Media she was allowed to move from there to anywhere in Bali, so long as she continued to fulfil the other criteria of her parole.

If she wanted to go to another part of Indonesia, she would need permission from the Justice Ministry.

However, she cannot go outside Indonesia until her parole is fully served, which is expected to be on July 25, 2017, after she has served an extra 12 months for ''guidance''.

-Fairfax News Australia and AAP

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