Parole appeal closer for Corby

Parole appeal closer for Corby

Sat August 18, 2012 12:00am

AUTHORITIES confirm Corby to have six months shaved from her sentence, meaning she can apply for parole immediately.

The sentence cut was part of Indonesia's Independence Day and comes after President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono granted Corby clemency in May and slashed five years from her 20-year prison term.

But last night Corby's sister Mercedes told the Herald Sun securing her release would be a lengthy process.

"It's not a straightforward parole, but we are hopeful," Mercedes said.

"We have just got to wait and hope that the process isn't going to be too long."

Mercedes visited her sister in jail on Wednesday and said she was stable but still reliant on anti-psychotic medication.

"She's just in her own little world, but doing OK."

Mercedes began preparing paperwork for Corby's parole when she was granted clemency, but said it was a complex process and it would be some time before documents could be lodged.

It is believed part of the delays include securing Corby's visa, as she will have to serve her parole in Indonesia.

Corby was convicted of drug smuggling after she was caught in 2004 trying to import 4.1kg of marijuana into Bali.

This latest sentence cut, combined with her clemency and more than two years in remissions already received, means Corby has served two-thirds of her sentence.

Under Indonesian law, those who have served two-thirds of their sentence are eligible to apply for parole.

Indonesian Law and Human Rights Minister Amir Syamsuddin confirmed the latest reduction yesterday.

"It is normal, as some other 50,000 inmates have also received sentence reductions this year," he said.

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