Australia welcomes parole of drug trafficker Schapelle Corby from Bali jail
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.