Indonesia threatens to revoke drug mule’s parole

Australian drug trafficker Schapelle Corby. AFP PHOTO

Australian drug trafficker Schapelle Corby. AFP PHOTO

DENPASAR: Indonesia threatened to revoke parole for convicted Australian drug mule Schapelle Corby on Tuesday, warning her to “keep a lower profile” after a documentary about her release angered authorities.

Corby, 36, whose case has been closely followed in Australia since her 2004 arrest in Bali, was freed on parole last month from a prison on the Indonesian resort island.

But a documentary broadcast on Sunday by Australia’s Channel Seven, which featured an interview with Corby’s sister Mercedes, brought a threat from Indonesia’s justice minister.

“There is a big possibility [that Corby’s parole]will be reconsi–dered,” Amir Syamsuddin was quoted by Indonesian daily Kompas as saying.

Syamsuddin said he was awaiting a report from provincial-level justice officials in Bali, where Corby is living. She must remain in Indonesia until 2017 as a parole condition.

Officials in Bali have summoned Corby’s family to demand an explanation over the documentary, and warned on Tuesday against further contact with the media.

“I suggest Corby keep a lower profile,” said Sunar Agus, a top prison official in Bali, adding that officials were prepared to “use force” to return her to prison if parole was revoked.

The media exposure is being interpreted as an affront in Indonesia, where convicted law-breakers are expected to exhibit remorse.

Officials also have raised suggestions that Corby may be profiting from the exposure, amid speculation of a financial deal with Channel Seven, which has denied the rumors.



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