Corby Eyes (Relative) Freedom Next Month
Indonesia’s best-known prisoner, the Australian drug-smuggler Schapelle Corby, could be paroled next month after receiving a six-month cut to her sentence on Friday to mark Independence Day.
For inmates other than those serving life sentences, remissions are granted on main national holidays to account for good behaviour behind bars.
The remission means that Corby, 35, will have served two-thirds of her 20-year sentence in September for bringing 4.2 kilograms of marijuana into Bali in 2004, and she can therefore apply for parole, said I Gusti Ngurah Wiratna, head of Kerobokan Prison in Bali where Corby is incarcerated.
If the application is granted by the Justice Ministry in Jakarta, Corby would have to remain in Bali until her sentence has been completed. Her sister Mercedes is married to a Balinese man and is living on the island and it is thought that Corby would stay with them if she were paroled.
Corby’s lawyer, Iskandar Nawing, said he expects that she will be freed towards the end of September.
In May, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono reduced Corby’s term by five years after she filed for clemency. The president’s decision has been criticised by Indonesian anti-drugs campaigners and there are legal proceedings underway in Jakarta to have it overturned.