Schapelle Corby: Release on Parole Likely on Friday

After 9 long years in Bali's notorious Kerobokan Prison, Australian Schapelle Corby is likely to be released on parole on Friday.

She will have to remain in Indonesia while on parole for 3 years. She'll live with her sister.
Her case was heard last week, and Prison Minister Akbar Hadi Prabowo is said to have approved. The final decision belongs to Justice Minister Amir Syamsuddin, who has previously said he does not object.

“Some 1,700 inmates will be paroled, and Corby is indeed one of them,” Justice Minister Amir Syamsuddin said in Jakarta. He added that the letter authorizing Corby’s release would be signed within the next three days, after which she could leave Kerobokan Penitentiary in Bali.

Schapelle was approved for parole by the Bali Parole board last August. She became eligible for parole in 2012. The delays and bureaucratic wrangling are finally ending. All of our coverage of her case since 2005 is available here.

Schapelle was convicted of bringing 4 kilos of marijuana into Indonesia. She has always maintained her innocence.

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    A qualified hooray (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Dadler on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 05:28:27 PM EST
    Qualified, of course, until it actually happens. You've done such good analysis of this case over the years, I'm sure it means something a little more special -- if tinged by sadness for the hard time she has had to serve -- to see her release so close.

    As someone who has signed petitions and donated money, let's hope her parole comes to fruition.

    It is About Time (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by squeaky on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 06:18:28 PM EST
    What a travesty this has been. Thanks, Jeralyn for all your blogging about her.