Thank god she was able to leave Bali quietly…NOT 27/05/2017
Schapelle Corby’s release from Bali and return to Australia
CONVICTED drug smuggler Schapelle Corby has been told she is free to go after signing in at the Parole Board one last time, in a high-level police operation.
The final paper work for her release has been signed at the Parole Office in Denpasar. She is now a free woman.
Corby has begun her long-awaited journey to freedom, leaving her Kuta home amidst dramatic and chaotic scenes, where she was bundled into a car.
Dozens of police and media and surrounded Corby as she was taken out the gate of her home in Kuta and shoved into a waiting black car with her sister Mercedes.
She had a scarf around her head, wore dark sunglasses and carried a handbag with a picture of missing Australian boy William Tyrrell.
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Schapelle Corby leaves the Prosecutors office in Denpasar a free woman. Picture: Nathan Edwards Source:News Corp Australia
Schapelle Corby leaves the Prosecutors office with police and Mercedes behind her. Picture: Nathan Edwards Source: News Corp Australia
Schapelle Corby leaves the Prosecutors office in Denpasar. Picture: Nathan EdwardsSource: News Corp Australia
Schapelle Corby leaves while still covering her face with sunnies and a scarf. Picture: Nathan Edwards Source:News Corp Australia
Tyrell disappeared at the age of three from Kendall, on the New South Wales mid-north coast in 2014.
Bemused locals and dozens of Australian tourists barely caught a glimpse of Corby amid the crush of cameras as her car snaked its way out her laneway, surrounded by police running on foot.
As part of the convoy there were two trucks, five police cars plus the vehicle transporting Corby. It was the first time Corby had been seen in public in 10 days.
The journey from her home to the parole board took about 40 mins aided by police stopping trafffic at major intersection.
Schapelle Corby getting into the van to got the the parole office. Picture: Channel NineSource: Supplied
Police securing Schapelle Corby (holding handbag) leaving the house in Kuta lane to go to Parole Board with a picture of William Tyrell on the bag. Picture: Lukman S. BintoroSource: News Corp Australia
Shortly before 6pm Bali time, parole officials emerged from the office to hold up the freedom letter, telling her that her 15-year drug trafficking sentence was at an end.
It was the moment Corby has dreamed of for the past 12 years and eight months – the day, shortly before her 40th birthday, that she would no longer be a prisoner.
Schapelle Corby’s freedom document. Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied
Corby entered the parole office, again shrouded by a scarf and spent about 40 minutes inside with officials, signing her paperwork and the all important freedom letter.
Earlier police had locked arms around the car to push back media as she left her home.
Corby’s brother Michael, wearing an old man mask, sat on the fence, taking photos of the scene.
Corby’s conviction and release from jail was chaotic and so was her release yesterday.
Before she left the home, Schapelle’s sister Mercedes told News Corporation; “Schapelle is holding up well”.
Police secure the car that take Schapelle Corby from the house to the Parole Office in Denpasar, Bali. Picture: Lukman S. Bintoro Source: News Corp Australia
Michael Corby wearing a mask photographs media just before Schapelle Corby leaves her home in Kuta. Picture Supplied Source: Supplied
And, finding her voice for the first time, Corby broke her three-year public silence and created a brand new Instagram account. Her first post was a photograph of her two beloved dogs, Luna and May, with the comment: “Going to miss these two. My puppies #Luna&May”.
Within minutes of News Corporation revealing the Instagram account, Corby had thousands of followers.
Police secure the car that take Schapelle Corby from the house to the Parole office in Denpasar, Bali. Picture: Lukman S. BintoroSource: News Corp Australia
Schapelle Corby leaves her home in Bali before being deported. Picture: Channel Seven Source: Supplied
And whilst Bali’s Governor Made Mangku Pastika and local parliament members instructed officials not to give Corby any special treatment, yesterday’s scenes showed it was the opposite.
More than 100 police were involved, four police cars lead and shadowed her convoy from home to the parole office to the airport, dramatic rehearsals were held earlier in the day.
“Today Corby is free,” Surung Pasaribu, the Corrections chief at Bali’s Law and Human Rights Ministry announced with some enthusiasm shortly before the show started.
“Since midnight she was free, I think there is no problem.”
Corby en route to parole office
On the issue of Corby’s new Instagram, Mr Pasaribu said it was no problem.
“I don’t think it is a problem, but I don’t follow Instagram and I don’t really understand this Instagram even on my proper mobile phone I don’t have it,” he said.
He said the overwhelming response by authorities for Corby was at the behest of the Australian Government in Bali.
Governor Pastika also said that her safety must be protected at all times during her departure from Bali tonight.
Police arrive at the home of Schapelle Corby before her deportation. Picture: Channel Seven Source: Supplied
It comes as more than 50 police, with tactical vans, sirens blaring and whistles blowing, conducted a dramatic rehearsal at Bali’s parole board yesterday.
Police also arrived at the laneway near her Kuta home to conduct a check. The actions in tthe lead up to her release gave a very strong impression that this was a special case.
News Corp Australia has obtained a copy of the notes from a special high level meeting held yesterday to discuss plans for Corby’s release.
Police arrive at the home of Schapelle Corby before her deportation. Picture: Channel SevenS ource: Supplied
The head of Bali’s Law and Human Rights Ministry, Ida Bagus Ketut Adnyana, this week briefed the Governor and members of the legislative assembly. He told yesterday’s meeting that the the Governor and parliament members had urged there be no impression that Corby is getting any special treatment.
“Although the direction from Bali Governor is that the deportation should run normally, but safety must be maintained as she was an ex drug convict that has become a highlight in her country, and it is not impossible she become a target of drug syndicate,” Governor Pastika said.
And the plans are that when Corby leaves the parole offices, the convoy of cars taking her to the airport does not drive fast, for reasons of safety and also in order to reduce the time she will need to wait at the airport for her flight home. An ambulance will shadow the convoy.
Surung Pasaribu, head of corrections, talks to media at the Bali Parole Office in Denpasar. Picture: Nathan Edwards Source:News Corp Australia
SCHAPELLE JOINS INSTAGRAM
Schapelle Corby has today created her own public Instagram account — which has more than 40,000 followers.
She wrote her fourth post — a selfie with her sister, as she approached the airport, writing: “Almost at the airport with my @mercedescorby.”
Selfie of Schapelle Corby and her sister Mercedes in the car on the way to the airport before being deported. Picture: InstagramSource:Instagram
She wrote her third post as she approached the parole office, writing: “Good bye to this parole paper work. Approching parole office for the last time.”
Schapelle Corby’s third post from her new account. Picture: InstagramSource:Instagram
Her second post shows her “Bali family” who she has thanked.
Second Instagram post from Schapelle Corby’s instagram account. Picture: Instagram Source:Instagram
Her first post, as she remained holed up in her Kuta home counting down the final hours to freedom, was a photo of her two beloved dogs, Luna and May.
Schapelle wrote: “Going to miss these two. My puppies #Luna&May”.
Instagram page set up by Schapelle Corby today before her release. Picture: Instagram/Schapelle CorbySource:Instagram
Among those making comments on the account was her sister Mercedes, who is with her inside the home now and will accompany her on her final journey home.
‘WE HOPE SHE DOESN’T REPEAT THIS’
Surung Pasaribu, chief of the correctional department of the Law and Human Rights Ministry, said the overwhelming response by authorities for Corby was at the behest of the Australian Government in Bali.
“The consulate general said to us, ‘Please save my citizen’, so security is Indonesia’s responsibility to secure her to the airport so we will protect her for this while she in this country,” he said, adding “it was not special, just duty”.
“We just hope she doesn’t repeat this (drug smuggling) again and God also wants human beings doing mistakes to come back to the right path.”
He said he thought Corby was different to other prisoners staying at the ‘Bali international prison’.
He said once Corby signs her release she will be handed over to immigration officers who will escort her out of the country.
“I hope that we as Indonesians can always uphold human rights for anyone coming to Indonesia,” he said.
Normally the Parole Office has just two staff working on a Saturday but for Corby, chiefs called in 30 personnel from their usual day off.
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CORBY’S HEAVY POLICE ESCORT
Around midday today, about 20 police were given a final briefing of procedures for the Corby exit in the parole office courtyard before dramatically, with sirens, horns and whistles blaring, they performed a full dress rehearsal with an armoured convoy of vans and trucks carrying another 30 police troops.
Police officers simulate the transport of Schapelle Corby from the Bali Parole office in Denpasar to the airport by Indonesian Immigration for deportation to Australia. Picture: Nathan Edwards Source: Supplied
Two armoured tactical cars were in the convoy with one expected to carry Corby. People outside the parole gates were asking what’s happening, with local media and police yelling back “Corby, Corby” to which locals knowingly nodded.
“The marijuana queen finally leave,” said one local cafe worker passing by as police blowing whistles forced people to move on.
Present also was Titiek Sudaryatmi, the head of the parole office, and her staff many of whom have been involved specifically in the Corby case for many years.
Police officers arrive at the Bali Parole office in Denpasar to prepare for Schapelle Corby’s departure. Picture: Nathan Edwards Source: Supplied
Denpasar police chief Hadi Purnomo told News Corporation today it was planned to use the same vehicle which has been used previously to transport police murder suspects, Byron Bay woman Sara Connor and her British boyfriend David Taylor.
Known as a tactical vehicle, Mr Purnomo said it was planned to use that vehicle “for security reasons”.
“The car is usually used to take prisoners,” he said, adding that the Corby family had not sought this.
The heavily armoured police tactical vehicle that could be Schapelle Corby’s ride to freedom. Picture: Lukman S. Bintoro Source: News Corp Australia
“No, not the family, we will use it for security reasons,” Mr Purnomo said.
The villa where Schapelle Corby has been living in Bali, Indonesia. Picture: Getty Source: Getty Images
Mr Widiada said four police cars would escort Corby from her home to the parole board and then to the airport.
More than 100 police will be deployed in the operation to ensure Corby’s freedom ride goes smoothly and there are no injuries or incidents.
Police officers arrive at the Bali Parole office in Denpasar to prepare for Schapelle Corby to report one last time. Picture: Nathan Edwards. Source: Supplied
The office at the Bali Parole office in Denpasar where Schapelle Corby will sign the paperwork allowing her to be deported to Australia. Picture: Nathan EdwardsSource: Supplied
Police also conducted a dry run at the parole offices of what the Corby arrival could look like to ensure she could make a quick entry and exit of the building.
At least 50 police are to be stationed at this location with others controlling the busy thoroughfare out front, at times chocked with Saturday shoppers, media vans and local onlookers, many eager to see the large police presence and marvelling at a low flying drone recording the scene.
Police spent some time walking about the building and streets looking at security measures.
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