Schapelle Corby: Bali’s Kerobokan Jail’s nail artist.

Schapelle Leigh Corby is an Australian woman convicted of drug smuggling in Indonesia. She is currently imprisoned on the Indonesian island of Bali. Corby is serving a 20-year sentence for the importation of 4.2 kg of cannabis into Bali, Indonesia.

SCHAPELLE Corby’s skill as a nail artist has earned her many customers among her fellow female prisoners at Bali’s Kerobokan Jail. Corby, 36, is now waiting to find out when she will be granted parole

One fellow prisoner said, say “Her nail art is very cool. Many women in the W block have become her nail art customers. Mostly the customers are the women who have money, as she charges 20,000 rupiah or $2 to do the nails.

Schapelle Corby’s hopes of being granted parole after more than a decade in a Balinese prison have taken a huge leap forward. Corby must undergo ‘moral and religious training’ if given parole.

Schapelle Corby so low she wanted to die before renewed parole hope Corby has also become active in making wooden fans as part of a program run by the jail where a company in Denpasar supplies wood for the prisoners to make fans for them.

Corby is in cell number one in the overcrowded women’s block where there are 105 inmates. The capacity is 52 prisoners. She is sharing currently with nine other prisoners. At times there have been up to 13 women in her cell.

Her cellmates include a Danish woman who is serving a five-year sentence for trafficking 218g of hashish and a Thai national sentenced to 13 years jail for smuggling 200g of methamphetamine. One woman prisoner said, “She (Corby) really cares about her friends. If she saw me dreamy or looking blank she would always approach me and hug me. She cares and she is sincere. We chat a lot and make a joke,”

Corby has now been eligible for parole for the past year but three obstacles still stand in the way of her walking free from Kerobokan Jail. Parole officers have deemed she is eligible, after serving the required two-thirds of her sentence, and they have interviewed Corby and her sister and brother-in-law and have deemed their Kuta home
acceptable as a place for Corby to live. But in order to satisfy all the requirements for parole, Corby needs to sort immigration requirements for a resident permit, pay her $10,000 fine and get a letter confirming that she is not on an Interpol wanted list.

Until these 3 issues are sorted out Corby’s parole application can go no further and cannot be considered by Jakarta. Indonesian immigration laws mean that in order for Corby to exempted from the need to have a “stay permit” to live in Indonesia on parole
there needs to be a ministry regulation.

Sunar Agus, the correctional division head at the Law and Human Rights Ministry in Bali, said that Corby needs a statement from the Immigration director general or official, stating that she is exempted from an obligation to have a resident permit. She also needs a letter stating that she is not wanted under an Interpol “red notice” of wanted people.Mr Agus said that without the Interpol letter the parole can’t go ahead.

The Australian Consulate in Bali has conveyed to him that they would help Corby in getting this. Corby also cannot be released on parole until her 100 million rupiah or $10,000 fine is paid. This fine was issued on the day of her conviction and 20-year sentence but has not been paid as yet. The family has been trying to pay but the process stalled because officials had been unsure where it should be paid, given the conviction was almost nine years ago.

Once these three obstacles are cleared the parole application will then go a meeting of officials at the jail, who will make a recommendation. The matter will then go to the Justice ministry in Bali who will make a further recommendation to Jakarta, where the final decision will be made.No one in authority is putting a date on when Corby’s parole could finally be granted or when she will step outside the gates of Kerobokan Jail.


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