15 Aug 2013

Parole process underway for Corby

7:42 am on 15 August 2013

Officials in Indonesia have confirmed the process of assessing convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby for parole is in its final stages. She has been eligible to apply for parole since last August.

AAP reports Kerobokan prison governor Gusti Ngurah Wiratna has confirmed that corrections officers visited the home of her sister, Mercedes Corby, in Bali on Tuesday to assess whether it would be a suitable place for her to live.

It's understood the officers also inspected documents relating to Corby's parole, including an unprecedented guarantee letter from the Australian government.

If Corby is granted parole she would have to serve the remainder of her sentence in Bali.

Mercedes, who visited Schapelle on Wednesday, said the family was happy the parole process was under way.

"She's a step closer to freedom," she said.

Corby, 36, who was caught in 2004 attempting to smuggle more 4.1kg of marijuana into Bali, was sentenced to 20 years in prison, but her sentence has since been reduced by five years by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.