Karlis Salna August 18, 2012
Indonesian authorities have confirmed Schapelle Corby will have another six months shaved from her sentence, meaning she will be able to apply for parole immediately.
The sentence cut, confirmed yesterday, comes after Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono granted Corby clemency in May and cut five years from her 20-year jail term.
Corby was convicted of drug smuggling after she was caught in 2004 attempting to import 4.1kg of marijuana into Bali.
The latest sentence cut means the 35-year-old is eligible to apply for parole immediately.
Indonesian Law and Human Rights Minister Amir Syamsuddin confirmed the latest cut in Jakarta yesterday.
''It is normal, as some other 50,000 inmates have also received sentence reductions this year,'' he said.
The Australian government has been preparing a letter of support for Corby if she decides to seek parole.
But it has refused to say if it will provide a guarantee that she will adhere to a strict set of conditions that would most likely be imposed during her period of probation.
Parole is extremely rare for foreigners in Indonesia. Prisoners have to demonstrate positive moral development, including taking part in religious activities, and show regret for their crime. The probation would have to be served in Indonesia. AAP