Posted: 7 February, 2014
Schapelle Corby Released From Bali Jail
After almost a decade, Corby leaves prison
Schapelle Corby has walked out of Kerobokan Prison in Bali after almost a decade behind bars.
A massive media presence outside the jail caused a requirement of a heavy guard, with Corby's head covered by a hat and scarf.
She has now filled in the required paperwork and been fingerprinted, to be released into the care of her sister Mercedes and her husband.
It is not known what Corby plans to do from this stage, as she is required to stay in Bali until 2017.
Schapelle Corby has ben granted parole will be released from Kerobokan Prison in Bali after serving 9 years behind bars.
Corby was jailed for 20 years in Bali after authorities found 4.1 kilograms of marijuana in a bodyboard bag when she arrived at Denpasar airport in 2004.
OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM THE JUSTICE MINISTRY
"On 30 January 2014, the Parole Board Team in the Corrections Directorate General heard 1798 prisoners for participation in the parole program.
One of the prisoners recommended to undergo that program is Schapelle
Leigh Corby, a prisoner of Australian citizenship.
Corby has been approved to receive parole because (she) has fulfilled the substantive and administrative requirements as set by the Minister of Law and Human Rights Regulation Number 21 Year 2013 on the Requirements and Procedure for having Remission, Assimilation, Family Visit Days Off, Parole, Days Off Prior to Release and Limited Days Off."
Earlier this week, Indonesia’s justice minister confirmed that Corby’s name was among 2,000 cases he was assessing.
The former Gold Coast woman has always maintained her innocence, and her defence team have said she was the victim of an elaborate drug-smuggling syndicate that was being run by baggage handlers.
After being found guilty, and fined more than $13,000, Corby has spent years attempting to appeal the conviction.
In 2012, Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono granted a five-year cut to her sentence which combined with other small reductions in her sentence for good behaviour.
Corby will now need to live with her sister Mercedes and her husband in Kuta, reporting to authorities on a regular basis.
If she breaches the conditions set out by the Indonesian justice minister, Corby will be sent back to Kerobokan to serve the remainder of her sentence.
THE SCHAPELLE CORBY STORY
2004 - Arrested at Bali airport with 4.1kg of cannabis in bodyboard bag
May 27, 2005 - Found guilty of drug trafficking and sentenced to 20 years' jail
July 5, 2005 - Case reopened after appeals by both defence (for a new trial) and prosecution (asking for life imprisonment)
October 15, 2005 - Bali's High Court reduces sentence to 15 years. Both sides appeal to Indonesia's Supreme Court
January 19, 2006 - Supreme Court reinstates original 20-year sentence
August 25, 2006 - Corby appeals against sentence to Supreme Court on the basis of CCTV footage, which never materialises
March 28, 2008 - Supreme Court rejects final appeal, leaving presidential clemency her last resort
August 17, 2011 - Prison governor confirms she has been granted a total of 22 months remission over the preceding five years
May 22, 2012 - Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono orders five-year reduction in sentence
Aug 17, 2013 - Corby recommended for early release but process bogged down by bureaucratic wrangling
Dec 25, 2013 - Sentence cut by two months as part of an annual Christmas remission program
Jan 20, 2014 - Frenchman Michael Blanc, jailed for smuggling hash into Bali in 1999, released on parole to live in Jakarta
Jan 21, 2014 - Indonesia's Corrections Department says Corby's parole ca