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A Fine Day for Schapelle

Schapelle Pays Rp. 100 million Fine is Effort to Move Closer to Parole

(9/27/2013) Australian Schapelle Leigh Corby has reportedly paid a court-imposed fine of Rp. 100 million (US$8.700) thereby addressing one of the outstanding requirements requiring completion for the final approval of her application for parole from Bali’s Kerobokan Prison.

The 36-year-old Australian woman is in the 8th year of 20-year sentence for trying to smuggle 4.2 kilograms of marijuana into Indonesia.

As reported by Temo.co.id., Corby filed a formal application for conditional parole in September, asking to be allowed to spend the rest of her sentence living with her sister, Mercedes, in Bali.

Prison and Justice Department officials are said to be in the course of verifying all the documentation required in the application before forwarding them to the Minister of Justice and Human Rights who has final authority in the matter.

The head of the Kerobokan prison, Gusti Ngurah Wiratna, said that Schapelle Corby’s application for parole would still need time to complete the administrative process. Adding: “It’s like the proverbial journey of a thousand miles, she’s only traveled 200 kilometers. There’s still much ground to cover.”

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