Indonesia to release Schapelle Corby soon
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Indonesia to release Schapelle Corby soon

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s justice minister says an Australian convicted of drug smuggling in 2005 in a blaze of publicity could get parole as soon as this weekend.

Amir Syamsuddin said Wednesday that Schapelle Corby’s parole papers would be signed before Friday.

Corby was convicted of smuggling 4.2 kilograms (9 pounds) of marijuana onto Bali 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.

The 35-year-old Corby will have to stay in Bali and cannot return to Australia until 2017.

Her case drew intense interest in Australia, whose media were focused on Indonesia following the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings and an attack on its embassy in Jakarta in 2004.