Corby sentence likely slashed

Last updated 17:18 12/12/2013
Schapelle Corby
JAILED: Convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby.

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Schapelle Corby is set to have her sentence slashed again as the convicted drug smuggler continues to face bureaucratic delays in her bid for parole.

The governor of Bali's Kerobokan jail, Farid Junaedi, confirmed today that Corby had been recommended for a two-month cut to her prison term as part of a remission programme announced each Christmas.

Farid said Corby remained in good spirits despite the delays to granting her early release from jail.

''We have given recommendation for her Christmas remission, but it's not been issued yet,'' Farid said.

''It's two months, the maximum. She's been behaving well. I guess she's waiting for her parole fate,'' he said.

Corby, caught in 2004 attempting to import 4.1 kilograms of marijuana into Bali, has already received more than two years in remissions.

The remissions, combined with the clemency granted in 2012 by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, which saw Corby's 20-year sentence slashed by five years, mean she has been eligible for parole since last year.

But the latest sentence cut, which is yet to be approved by authorities in Jakarta, comes as the 36-year-old waits for officials to wade through a bureaucratic quagmire that has seen her parole application effectively put on hold.

Two of the key departments in the process - immigration and corrections - are still waiting for paperwork from each other before a final parole hearing can be scheduled at the office of the director-general of prisons.

Both departments have been waiting to hear from each other for months.

The corrections department was also still waiting for a second letter from the Australian embassy guaranteeing Corby's behaviour while on parole, after ruling that the first version provided in February was not acceptable because it was not printed on the correct letterhead.

However, Director-General of Prisons Handoyo Sudrajat and Immigration Minister Amir Syamsuddin have defended the delays as part of the ''process''.

''There are requirements that must be fulfilled, like guarantee of place of stay, that must be  issued by the (Australian) ambassador,'' Handoyo said this week.

''We're contacting them one by one. When all requirements have been completed, certainly we will process the parole application,'' he said.

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