Corby Eyes (Relative) Freedom Next Month

Parole Hope: Schapelle Corby.


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.


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13 Responses to “Corby Eyes (Relative) Freedom Next Month”

  1. Kate L Says:

    Some great news for Shapelle, her family, friends & supporters. She deserves to be let out so I pray for God to make it happen

  2. Sheila Smith Says:

    You have NO idea what is going on. NONE. So please spare us your fabrications.

    And as for “the Australian drug-smuggler Schapelle Corby”… she isn’t guilty, however much the low life who run the “Bali Times” wish that wasn’t so.


  3. shorty Says:

    Your lead photo and tag says it all – ignoring Independence celebrations is a great way to impress the people who will assess your parole application.

    Silly girl.

  4. Ruby Says:

    Shorty, Schapelle doesnt write the news, journalists do.

  5. dave Says:

    I just wish theyd release her and deport her …tired of hearing about her,i can tell you.
    The family is well known on the Gold Coast, and not for their good works either….

  6. flaco comir Says:

    The debate of guilt and innocence is over…Shapelle has served her time and it’s time to set her free – Regardless if she had 4 kilos of dried plant matter or not.

  7. Adil Says:

    I think Colin McDonald’s handling of Scott Rush’s case is pathetic. Originally in February, 2006 Scott Rush was sentenced to life imprisonmement. Okay it would appear that he will not be eligible remissions but he could still make application for clemency. However McDonald using Australian taxpayers money to launch an appeal against such sentence. McDonald should have been aware of the risk that the prosecution would cross appeal for a death sentence. The Indonesian Court hearing the appeal substituted a death sentence. This sentence was only commuted to life sentence in March 2011.

    What I am saying is that McDonald by his incomptence has prejudiced or substantially delayed Scott’s prospects of his life sentence reduced by a remission or clemency

  8. Adil Says:

    See my above comment. Oh by the way McDonald lives in Ubud

  9. Adil Says:

    I wlecome comments on my views

  10. jackson Says:

    let her go home and spend the rest of the time in jail here in aus

  11. ismet yaman Says:

    senin en kisa zamanda ozgurluge kavusman icin dua ediyorum corby .umarim yakinda evine ve sevdiklerine kavusursun guzel insan.seni seviyorum, sevgiler hollandadan

  12. bob lafleur Says:

    Hope she’ll be free soon and will be pleased to see her outside instead of inside!

  13. Kay Danes Says:

    Wonderful news for Schapelle. Many lessons to be learned from her situation, guilt or innocence aside.

    When a person travels overseas they leave behind their Country’s legal support systems, emergency service capabilities and medical facilities. Whilst your Government is obliged to provide the prisoner support, there may be limitations to what can be done. Read the Consular Services Charter applicable to your country.

    You attract more bees with honey than you do with vinegar.

    Engage a lawyer who is familiar with both international and local laws.

    Don’t offend the detaining state by saying their laws are ridiculous (even if you think they are). Wait until you have engaged a lawyer before you speak to media. Sound legal and media strategies and diplomacy offer the best outcomes.

    Work with only those who have proven experience in risk mitigation.

    Governments are obliged by International Law to observe the sovereign rights of another country and cannot march over the jurisdictional rights of another to impose its own rule of law. Proper processes are available to right any wrongs or to raise the fact that an injustice has occurred.

    Foreign internment is a complex issue and needs to be managed expertly. Engage advisors who can mitigate the risk and negotiate best outcomes.

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