CONVICTED drug smuggler Schapelle Corby could be released from her Balinese prison within days.
It has been revealed Indonesia’s Justice Minister Amir Syamsuddin plans to sign-off on the 36-year-old’s request for parole by the weekend.
Mr Syamsuddin told reporters in Jakarta Schapelle’s case was just one of 1700 requests he had to approve and that the Gold Coaster would receive no special treatment.
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The Minister has previously said he could see no reason why Schapelle’s parole bid would be rejected.
Schapelle has served nine years behind bars in Kerobokan jail after she was convicted of attempting to smuggle more than four kilograms of marijuana into Bali in a bodyboard bag back in 2004.
To this day, she has maintained her innocence.
If parole is granted, Schapelle would be required to comply with strict parole conditions, including serving out the remainder of her sentence in her sister Mercedes’ Kuta home.
She would also be required to work at her brother-in-law’s factory and dress respectfully. She would not be able to return to Australia until the end of 2017.
As we wait to find out whether or not the former Gold Coast Beauty Therapist will be granted freedom, a telemovie based on her life is due to hit the small screen in Australia.
Channel Nine’s highly anticipated feature “Schapelle”, is based on her arrest, trial and conviction played by Krew Boylan (pictured courtesy of news.com.au).
It premieres on our television screens on Sunday February 9, at 8.30pm.
Other characters featured include her sister Mercedes (Jacinta Stapleton), mother Rosleigh Rose (Denise Roberts), father Mick (Colin Friels), and her “white knights”: mobile phone mogul “Mad Ron” Bakir (Les Chantery) and Gold Coast lawyer Robin Tampoe (Vince Colosimo).
Also prominent in the Corby story are former Foreign Minister Alexander Downer (Francis Greenslade) and Australian Federal Police boss Mick Keelty (Michael Croaker).
From her prison cell in Bali, Schapelle Corby became Australia’s first multi-media celebrity of the internet era. Her case became front page news that captivated a nation and continues to polarise opinion.