Monday, 20 November, 2017

Schapelle Corby 'deserves her freedom', says former prison governor

Australian Schapelle Corby will be deported from Indonesia on May 27 after completing her parole in Bali for a drug REUTERS Australian Schapelle Corby will be deported from Indonesia on May 27 after completing her parole in Bali for a drug trafficking conviction
Kenny Thornton | 19 May, 2017, 16:19

It's being reported that Schapelle is so scared to leave her home in Bali, that her sister Mercedes has been meeting parole officers and visiting the Australia consulate for her.

The head of corrections said his department would be taking every precaution to protect Corby until the end of her parole period.

Corby was convicted of smuggling marijuana into Indonesia in May 2005 and was initially sentenced to 20 years imprisonment at Bali's Kerobokan Prison.

Mercedes met with justice officials ahead of her sister's deportation, issuing a plea to the media to leave the family alone.

"She went through her parole time well, now she deserves her freedom", he said.

Although the full details haven't been revealed, it's expect she will have to visit the parole board before heading to the airport and seeing immigration on her way out.

As a result he took the unusual step of ordering church services be conducted in Corby's cell block, to ensure she continued to receive religious instruction.

Corby had been found carrying five kilograms of marijuana hidden in her luggage after arriving in Bali.

"Corby's sister told us that Corby is scared to go out (of her) house". Stop (waiting) in front of the house, just leave her alone.

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She said Schapelle was "sick of the media" and sick of them "stalking her".

Nearly a week after arriving in Bali to offer her sister support, Mercedes visited the Law and Human Rights Office and the Australian consulate in Denpasar on Thursday to discuss flights and other preparations for Schapelle for May 27.

Her sister Mercedes has said Corby is "stressed" and by the frenzied media attention and is hiding in her room in fear of the menacing cameras, ABC reports. "Sick of all you guys stalking her".

"She doesn't know who has been chasing her or who has been trying to interview her", Mr Surung said.

"That's all she expressed to me, 'I feel afraid, to meet many people, including the media people. As a human being it's her right to complain".

Surung said Corby had not attended because she was not too "fresh" due to the media filming outside her house.

Corby was regularly spotted running along Pantai Jerman, a beach in Bali, swimming, reading and shopping until the paparazzi made her reluctant to leave her home.

In her 2006 memoir My Story, co-written with Kathryn Bonella, Corby documented her "acute phobia" of photographers and cameras.

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