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Australian trafficker Corby released from prison in Bali

Published on Feb 10, 2014 8:37 AM
Australian beauty therapist Schapelle Corby is escorted by Indonesian police and court officials as she arrives at the court in Denpasar in the Indonesian resort island of Bali in this Aug 25, 2006 file photo. Corby was freed from prison on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Monday after more than nine years behind bars. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

KEROBOKAN, Indonesia (AFP) - Australian drug trafficker Schapelle Corby was released from an Indonesian prison on parole on Monday after more than nine years behind bars, racing past hordes of waiting journalists as scores of police stood guard. 

The 36-year-old covered her face with a scarf and hat as she was ushered into a minibus waiting outside Kerobokan jail on the resort island of Bali, as camera crews and photographers fought to get a shot of her.

Corby, whose case has drawn huge fascination in Australia since she was caught entering Bali in 2004 with marijuana stashed in her surfing gear, sped off to complete final administrative steps for her release, with journalists giving chase.

“Corby will be escorted in the minibus to the prosecutors’ office and then the corrections office,” local police official Agus Nugroho said, explaining the final procedural steps that Corby must take before her release.

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