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Schapelle Corby released

Post by bass on Tue May 22, 2012 2:02 pm


http://au.news.yahoo.com/queensland/a/-/latest/13752781/schapelle-corby-could-be-home-by-august

Schapelle Corby could be released by August this year after her appeal for clemency was approved this afternoon.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has slashed Schapelle's sentence by five years. It is the most dramatic reduction so far and has significant ramifications.

The Indonesian Government confirmed this significant development however it remains unclear when the convicted drug trafficker will be eligible for release.

A five-year reduction means that she could be free by August this year as she immediately becomes a candidate for early release.

Even if she isn't granted parole, with further reductions in the remaining six years of her sentence, she can be out in three years.

Foreign Minister Bob Carr said: "I welcome the Indonesian President’s decision to grant this reduction.

"The Australian Government has consistently supported Ms Corby's application for clemency on humanitarian grounds."

7News broke the news to Schapelle's sister Mercedes who said she was rattled by the development.

A presidential letter approving clemency arrived a short time ago at Kerobokan Prison however Schapelle hasn't yet been informed. She will be told the news tomorrow morning.


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