Australian drug trafficker Schapelle Corby released on parole from Bali prison
Release follows nine years in Indonesian jail
Monday 10 February 2014
An Australian woman convicted of smuggling marijuana into Indonesia walked free from jail on Monday after being given parole, the latest chapter in what has been a media sensation in her home country since her arrest on the tourist island of Bali in 2005.
Schapelle Corby's case captured the imagination of many in Australia, where initial sympathy for her plight and nationalist outrage in the aftermath of two terrorist attacks targeting Australian interests in the country made for a potent combination for popular and highbrow media alike.
The 35-year-old said nothing as she left Bali's Kerobokan prison Monday through a large crowd of reporters.
Her release from prison was carried live on TV networks across Australia and plastered on websites of the nation's major newspapers. Corby's mother, Rosleigh Rose, briefly emerged from her Queensland home to spray champagne and whoop with glee.
"It was just beautiful to see my beautiful Schapelle come out from those doors," Rose told Australia's Channel 7 news while clutching a glass of champagne.
Corby was convicted of smuggling 4.2 kilograms (9 pounds) of marijuana onto Bali in a boogie board bag and sentenced to 20 years in prison. In 2010, she asked for clemency, citing her poor mental state. Two years later, Indonesia's president cut her sentence by five years.
Corby will have to stay in Bali and cannot return to Australia until 2017.
Narratives of Westerners in Asia jails have always been popular among a section of western consumers, and Australia is no exception. Initially at least, many Australians appeared to believe Corby was innocent, though that view become less commonly heard over time.
Her case coincided with intense coverage and commentary in Australia into the investigation into the 2002 Bali bombings. Many people questioned the fairness of the trial and the length of her sentence compared to some of those convicted of minor roles in relation to the Bali bombings.
At least two other Australians are on death row in Indonesian drug smuggling cases, and several are serving long prison terms. They have received much less coverage that the Corby case.
- 1 Home Office says Nigerian asylum-seeker can’t be a lesbian as she’s got children
- 2 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 3 Drugs Live cannabis trial: Hash is less harmful than any other drug, expert claims
- 4 Turkish Airlines flight TK 726 crash-lands on Nepal runway amid dense fog
- 5 Apple and Google users being spied on for a decade because of 'Freak' security flaw
The City of the Monkey God: Archaeologists claim to have found city lost for 1,000 years in remote Honduran jungle
Turkish Airlines flight TK 726 crash-lands on Nepal runway amid dense fog
Japanese island overrun with cats after population explodes
Bubonic plague-carrying fleas found on New York City rats
London property boom built on dirty money
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
£7 per hour: Recruitment Genius: A vacancy has arisen for a General Processor ...
£18000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A great opportunity has arisen ...
£14000 - £16000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Full time and Part time positio...
£45000 per annum: Ashdown Group: An established and reputable Not for Profit o...