Corby another step closer to freedom

Schapelle Corby’s received another boost to her bid to be released from her Bali jail cell.

The Gold Coast drug smuggler has cleared two of the bureaucratic hurdles standing between her and her parole bid. She now only has two more to go before she can be released from Kerobokan prison.

The Brisbane Times reports, spokesman for the Indonesian Corrections department, Ayub Suratman, has confirmed the Australian government has issued the 36-year-old a new passport at the request of the country’s immigration department.


The immigration department has also confirmed in writing that Corby, who has served nine years in jail, was legally able to stay in Indonesia to serve out her sentence.

She has now fulfilled all the immigration requirements of a foreign prisoner serving parole — including a guarantee from the Australian embassy that she will behave well.

The two remaining hurdles are sign-off from a meeting of staff of the corrections department to confirm that all the paperwork is in order; then political approval from Justice Minister Amir Syamsuddin.

Once she is out of jail, the former beauty therapist must spend the rest of her sentence under the care of her sister, Mercedes, and brother in law, surf-shop owner Wayan Widyartha, who live in Kuta, Bali.

She has agreed she will work designing bikinis at Mr Widyartha’s shop.

Corby was found guilty of smuggling 4.2kg of marijuana into Indonesia in 2004 and sentenced to 20 years in prison. After a two-month sentence cut for good behaviour at Christmas, she will be eligible to return to Australia on July 25, 2017.