SCHAPELLE Corby’s parole release has been granted.
In a delayed and confusing press conference on Friday afternoon, Indonesian Justice Minister Amir Syamsuddin briefed a hungry media contingent, confirming the former Gold Coast beautician’s bid for parole from Bali’s Kerobokan Prison had been signed off.
An official press release handed to media following the conference put to rest the confusion, confirming parole had in fact been granted.
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“Corby has been approved to receive parole because (she) has fulfilled the substantive and administrative requirements set by ministry regulation number 21 or year 2013,” the statement concluded.
It is expected the 36-year-old former Gold Coaster will walk free from her prison cell sometime early next week.
Mercedes Corby, Schapelle’s sister, arrived at Kerobokan Prison with her husband Wayan earlier in the day before the announcement was made.
She was greeted by dozens of reporters, one of whom was palmed to the ground as she barged her way through.
After a two-hour visit with her sister, Mercedes walked back out speaking only briefly with the media pack before leaving on her scooter.
“She (Schapelle) has been eligible for parole for a year-and-a-half, so we are waiting for it to be signed,” she said.
“So, please give us some privacy.”
Speaking in Indonesian, Wayan told reporters Schapelle was doing well.
“We have met Schapelle. She is healthy, she is happy, but we don’t know yet,” he said.
“We don’t know when she will be released. We keep on praying and, like all of you, hoping for the best.”
Once released, Schapelle will have to comply with strict parole conditions, including serving out the remainder of her sentence in Mercedes’ Kuta home, as well as work at her brother-in-law’s factory and dress respectfully.
She will not be able to return to Australia until the end of 2017.
Due to the intense interest in the story, Channel Nine have moved their highly anticipated tele-movie “Schapelle” forward from Monday to Sunday night at 8.30pm.