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Australian Schapelle Corby, jailed in Bali for drug trafficking, takes key step in parole bid

Published on Feb 3, 2014 9:27 PM

JAKARTA (AFP) - An application by Australian drug trafficker Schapelle Corby for parole from an Indonesian jail was heard last week in private, an official said on Monday, a key step in her bid for early release.

The authorities in the capital Jakarta heard her case on Thursday, said prisons spokesman Akbar Hadi Prabowo, although he refused to reveal the result.

"The decision is now in the hands of the Justice Minister," added Justice Ministry spokeswoman Ika Yusanti.

Corby, who is in prison on the resort island of Bali, was not present at the hearing.

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