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Corby released from prison in Bali

AFP-JIJI

Australian drug trafficker Schapelle Corby was released from an Indonesian prison on parole Monday after more than nine years behind bars, racing past hordes of waiting journalists as scores of police stood guard. Corby, whose case has drawn huge fascination in Australia since she was caught entering Bali in 2004 with marijuana stashed in her surfing gear, sped off to complete final administrative steps for her release.

Indonesian Justice Minister Amir Syamsuddin announced on Friday that Corby, who has always insisted that the 4.1 kg of marijuana found in her body board bag were planted, had been granted parole following a drawn-out process.

The 36-year-old will not be able to return to Australia until 2017. Her sentence ends in 2016 and she will be required to stay for another year to comply with the conditions of her parole. During this period, Corby is expected to live on Bali with her sister Mercedes and her sister’s Balinese husband.