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Australia welcomes parole of drug trafficker Schapelle Corby from Bali jail

Published on Feb 8, 2014 12:37 PM
A sticker at the Bali home of Mercedes Corby, sister of convicted Australian drug trafficker Schapelle Corby, is pictured in Kuta, Bali, on February 8, 2014. Indonesia granted early release on parole on Friday to Schapelle Corby in the resort island of Bali despite calls from some legislators for the high-profile prisoner to serve out her full term. Mercedes' home is one of the places that Schapelle is likely to stay during her parole term when she is released from prison. Indonesia's Justice Ministry declined to say when Corby would be released from prison in Bali. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Saturday welcomed the decision by Indonesia to parole drug trafficker Schapelle Corby and called for her privacy to be respected.

The 36-year-old, whose incarceration has fascinated the Australian public, was granted parole on Friday in Bali, where she was convicted and jailed for 20 years in 2005 for trying to smuggle marijuana into the tourist island.

"The decision by Indonesia's Minister for Law and Human Rights is welcomed," said Ms Bishop. Canberra had supported the parole application since it was lodged in October 2012.

"I understand that now the decision to grant parole has been made is a matter for the authorities to determine the time of the release but I hope that she's now given some privacy as she gets her life back together," she added.

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