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Indonesia may release Australian drug convict

August 17, 2013

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Officials say the Australian drug smuggling convict Schapelle Corby could be released from prison in Indonesia before the end of this year.

Correction official Ketut Artha said Saturday that the parole recommendation was handed to prison officials Friday and Corby could be released from Kerobokan jail soon after all legal process and supporting documents are completed.

Corby was convicted in 2005 of smuggling marijuana into Bali and sentenced to 20 years in prison. Last year, Indonesia’s president reduced her sentence by five years, means she has served two thirds of her sentence and became eligible for parole late last year.

Artha says he expects Corby to be released by the end of the year to live with her sister in Bali.

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