6 Feb 2014

Corby parole decision awaited

1:27 pm on 6 February 2014

Indonesia is expected to announce on Friday whether Schapelle Corby will be released from prison in Bali on parole.

Australian drug smuggler Schapelle Corby in April 2008.

Australian drug smuggler Schapelle Corby in April 2008. Photo: AFP

Justice Minister Amir Syamsuddin said on Wednesday night he would make his decision on the convicted drug smuggler's bid for parole within the next three days on Friday.

He said there were 1700 applications for parole before him and stressed her case would be treated the same as the others.

"I will finalise all on Friday," Mr Syamsuddin said. "All will be processed equally; no special treatment whatsoever."

AAP reports Mr Syamsuddin has already said publicly he can see no reason why Corby's parole bid should be rejected.

Her case was heard in Jakarta last week.

If approved, Corby, 36, will serve her parole in the Kuta home of her sister Mercedes and her husband Wayan Widyartha.

The Australian student was 27 when she was caught in 2004 attempting to smuggle 4.1kg of marijuana into Bali in a bodyboard bag.

She has always maintained her innocence.

Comment on case

Retired lawyer Kerry Salinger, who was part of Corby's legal team and now lives in New Zealand, says the court case was a shambles.

She says forensic evidence that would've cleared her was not allowed and the judges had already made up their mind.

Ms Salinger also said a psychiatrist visited Corby in prison and was very concerned about her mental state.

He told her that Corby was scratching on the floor like a chicken and believed her parents were buried underneath.

Ms Salinger said she saw CCTV footage of Corby hunched and dribbling as she walked because of the anti-psychotic medication she is on.