8 Feb 2014

Schapelle Corby granted parole

10:27 am on 8 February 2014

Indonesia's justice minister has granted parole to Schapelle Corby, the Australian jailed nearly nine years ago on drug smuggling charges.

Schapelle Corby in jail in 2008.

Schapelle Corby in jail in 2008. Photo: AFP

The former Gold Coast beauty student was jailed in Bali in May 2005 for 20 years after authorities found 4.1kg of marijuana in her bodyboard bag at Denpasar airport in October 2004.

Amir Syamsuddin held a press conference in Jakarta on Friday where he spoke about prisoner applications he has been reviewing, including Corby's, the ABC reports.

Mr Syamsuddin did not specifically mention Corby's case, but following his comments it was confirmed in a statement that Corby had fulfilled all the terms for parole as required under Indonesian law.

Corby could be released as early as Monday afternoon, according to the governor of Kerobokan prison. It is understood her parole application involved her living at the house of her sister Mercedes.

It is unclear how long she will have to remain in Bali before being allowed to return to Australia.

She has always maintained her innocence. Over the years she exhausted her avenues of appeal with no success in overturning her conviction.

Corby was granted a five-year sentence cut in 2012 after she applied for clemency from president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.