Indonesia frees Australian drug trafficker on parole

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Indonesia frees Australian drug trafficker on parole

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Indonesia has released on parole a convicted Australian drug trafficker after she spent nine years in jail in Bali.

The case of Schapelle Corby, 36, has strained relations between the countries.

She was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2005 for trying to smuggle 4 kg of marijuana into the resort island.

Corby maintains her innocence, saying she was unaware she was carrying the drugs.

Drug trafficking usually carries the death penalty in the world’s fourth largest country.

She was one of nearly 1,300 convicts given parole for good behaviour.

But Corby must remain on the island under the conditions of her parole, and will not be allowed to return to Australia before 2017.

A small group of Indonesian lawmakers at the weekend
protested against her early release, saying it went against efforts to establish a zero-tolerance policy for drugs.