The 36-year-old face of What Not To (Allegedly) Do In Bali, Schapelle Corby, is being released on parole from Bali’s Kerobokan prison facility after nine years behind bars for smuggling cannabis into Bali just short of a decade ago. Presumably, due in part to the fact she’s no longer deploying the services of this off-tap individual.
Indonesia’s Justice Minister Amir Syamsuddin announced [in ambiguous Indonesian that didn’t address Corby directly] that “1,291 [prisoners] have been granted parole. I don’t want to speak specifically about Schapelle. What I want to say is that this is not the compassion of the minister or the government… We are a dignified nation who enforce the law… We are not afraid of critics. We uphold the law.”
A press release has now confirmed that, despite Syamsuddin’s ambiguity, Corby’s parole has been approved due to her meeting all requirements under Indonesian law.
Corby, whose plight will be dramatised in a primetime telemovie on the Nine Network this Sunday, was originally sentenced to 20 years in jail after four kilograms of marijuana was discovered packed in a boogie board case she brought into Bali. The case was the cause of much contention, largely due to Corby’s undeviating claim of innocence, which triggered an ongoing media circus and myriad conspiracy theories both for and against Corby’s claims.