27 May 2017

Schapelle Corby completes sentence, due to leave Bali

2:36 pm on 27 May 2017

Schapelle Corby has been freed from prison in Bali and is preparing to be escorted to the airport and then fly home to Australia late tonight, after 13 years behind bars for drug smuggling.

Michelle Corby in 2008.

Schapelle Corby in 2008. Photo: AFP

Corbie was caught carrying 4.2kg of marijuana in her boogie board bag into Bali through Denpasar airport on 8 October 2004.

The Bali Police Chief has doubled the number of officers it will deploy, with 200 now ready to ensure the safe deportation of the 39-year-old Australian, whose sentence expired at midnight.

The head of correctional facilities in Bali, Surung Pasaribu, expressed his frustration to the ABC, saying it was the Australian consulate who requested the tight security.

"The person who is about to be deported is Australian, her family is Australian, the party who requested security is the Australian consulate, the media who are covering this are Australian and then we are the ones who have to deal with it," he said.

The main job of the deployed police will be controlling traffic, and most likely the press.

Sugriwa, a spokesman for the Denpasar Police Chief, said the officers would be in uniform and plain clothes.

Authorities in Bali say Corby would report to the parole office before being taken to the airport and placed in an immigration holding cell.

The head of Bali's Justice office, Ida Bagus Adnyana, told the press she was due on a Virgin flight back to Brisbane in the late evening.

"Under my coordination I have issued an instruction letter to immigration and the parole office to coordinate the smooth process of the return to her country," he said.

"We just want to make sure that everything goes well."

Corby did not emerge from her Bali villa on her last day of parole. A doctor from Kerobokan prison, where she spent nine years, visited and declared the Australian healthy.

On Friday, John Mcleod, a celebrity bodyguard employed by the Corby family, visited the villa twice but did not answer questions.

Corby is prohibited from speaking to the press in Bali as part of her parole conditions.

When she is back on Australian soil she can speak freely but not for profit. Proceed of crime laws mean she cannot sell her story.

- ABC

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