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Bye, Schapelle: Tense Farewell Tipped For Drug Convict

The parole officer of one of Bali’s most high-profile drug convicts, Australian Schapelle Corby, has hinted there will be no love lost at the end of the parole period later this week.

Ni Ketut Sukiati, Corby’s long-time parole officer, told Australian media she hoped “it will all be over soon.”

“Please, no more foreigners like this … Please, just one Corby,” Sukiati told Australian Associated Press.

Corby, 39-years-old, was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment at Bali’s Kerobokan Prison in May 2005 on charges of smuggling marijuana into the country. She was paroled early in February 2014, which included a condition keeping her in Bali to check in with authorities. She will return to Australia on Saturday, May 27.

Corby has been sullen and uncooperative during her parole period, Sukiati added.

“She didn’t want to talk. She was angry all the time like she was stressed. Even while here with us, she is mad at us. In the end, we are stressed too.”

Corby will visit parole officers on Saturday for a final check-in, before she is escorted to Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar to fly back to Australia.

Corby had been found carrying five kilograms of marijuana hidden in her luggage after arriving in Bali. She has long maintained her innocence, suggesting the drugs had been planted by staff of the airline. The high-profile case led to a brief breakdown in relations between Indonesia and Australia as well as an investigation into the conduct of Australian authorities.


See: Bali Chaos Expected As Australian Drug Convict Corby Deported

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Erin Cook is an Australian expat in Indonesia and the head of English editorial at Content Collision.


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