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Frenchman enjoys freedom after 14 years in Indonesian jail

Published on Jan 21, 2014 9:24 PM
Frenchman Michael Blanc (left) spends his first day at the house he shares with his mother Helene Le Touzey (right) in Jakarta on Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014, after he was freed on parole on Monday after more than 14 years in an Indonesian prison. -- PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (AFP) - A French drug smuggler was relishing his new-found freedom on Tuesday following his release on parole after 14 years in an Indonesian jail.

Michael Blanc had just one complaint after his first night out of jail: his bed was too comfortable.

Blanc was arrested the day after Christmas in 1999 at the airport on the resort island of Bali with 3.8 kilograms of hash hidden in diving canisters.

The 40-year-old former chef, who has always maintained his innocence, was released on Monday on parole from prison in the capital Jakarta.

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