Am I the only person who doesn’t give a tinker’s cuss about Schapelle Corby? What is all the fuss and bother about?
She came from a druggy family, her father and brother have been in jail, she got caught … so what?
Were it not for the fact that she is much more attractive than your average prison inmate, I’m not sure anyone would care. There have been other Australians released from foreign jails after a period of incarceration and no one gives a toss and there is no throng of media.
It seems that the ABC’s George Roberts of ‘burnt hands of asylum seekers fame’ was too busy to do the reporting, because there was some other ABC person outside the Bali jail. Maybe George is chasing one of those towed back tenders, which according to the ABC, could never be done.
Here’s the news (drum roll, required):
Indonesia has confirmed 36-year-old convicted Australian drug trafficker Schapelle Corby has been granted parole after nine years in Bali’s Kerokoban prison.
Although not wanting to specifically comment on her case, Indonesian Justice Minister Amir Syamsuddin said at a short press conference that Corby’s application was among 1291 that had been finalised after reviewing some 1723 applications.
A statement issued by the Ministry of Law and Human Rights immediately after the short statement confirmed Corby had been granted parole because she has satisfied all the necessary conditions under Indonesia’s legislation.
Upon her release, Corby is expected to live in Bali for up to two years, work in her sister’s swimwear business, be free to work and pursue lucrative media deals to tell her story.
The parole decision had long been anticipated given the Justice Minister indicated as early as October that he could see no reason why Corby should not be released.
Since being arrested in 2004 at Denpasar Airport, the former Gold Coast beautician has always maintained her innocence.
She denied any knowledge of the 4.2 kilograms of marijuana found by Indonesian customs authorities in her boogie board bag, blaming Qantas Airways baggage handlers for planting it there.
An Indonesian court sentenced Corby to 20 years jail for drug smuggling in a highly publicised and dramatic televised trial in 2005 but she has received remissions for good behaviour in Bali’s overcrowded and squalid Kerobokan Prison.
Prison reports supporting her parole released in October suggested she spent much time praying in her room, her religious knowledge was considered medium and she was classed as courteous to other prisoners and prison officers, but suffered from bouts of depression.
In 2012, her 20-year sentence was slashed by five years after Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono granted her a clemency on humanitarian grounds.
If Corby had spent the remainder of her time in jail rather than on parole she could have been eligible for parole and to return to Australia in 2016, but she has told Indonesian authorities and family that she cannot wait that long to leave prison.
As a foreigner under changes to Indonesian law, Corby finds herself able to serve her sentence while on parole rather than be directly deported.
Once she leaves prison Corby is expected to stay at her sister Mercedes’s home in Kuta and brother-in-law Wayan Widyartha and work in their swimwear business.
The parole hearing determined Corby’s fate occurred last week, but the verdict was withheld until Friday and represented the last major hurdle before her probable release from Kerobokan Prison within days.