BALI: Schapelle Corby’s parole was accepted by Indonesia’s Justice Minister, which will conclude her nine-year ordeal in Bali. 36 years old Schapelle still have to spend two more nights in the Kerobokan prison as the jail authorities have to wait for the parole order that was signed by Amir Syamsuddin, to arrive from Jakarta.
Corby’s parole was announced by Mr Amir in Jakarta along with more than 1200 other prisoners. However, Mr Amir, was reluctant to discuss her case possibly due to the fact that the decision taken by him was unpopular among Indonesians. He said that his decision is in accordance with the Indonesian law and is not coerced by the popularity case had gained.
Corby, the former Gold Coast beautician, was arrested at Ngurah Rai, Bali’s international airport in 2004 when 4.2kg of compressed good quality cannabis was discovered in her bodyboard bag. Corby, 27 at that time, was found guilty and jailed for 20 years. She maintained her innocence throughout three years of ineffective court appeals, an application for mercy to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and her many years pursuit of the parole order.
Corby will be released into the care of her sister Mercedes and her Balinese husband Wayan Widyartha. The decision will close a case that has occupied Australians, thousands of Corby supporters for around a decade.
Since her arrest, Corby’s family had been very vocal about her defense and of their criticism of Indonesia’s police, prison and judicial systems. Due to the strong Australian public denial for Corby’s lengthy imprisonment, all three of the previous Prime Ministers – John Howard, Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard – had requested Dr Yudhoyono to reconsider the sentence.
As per the current parole rules, it is requisite for her to remain in Indonesia under the command of the Justice Ministry’s corrections division till mid 2017.-