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Schapelle Corby gets parole: authorities not told Mercedes had split from husband

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The next steps for Schapelle Corby

From prison cell to family home - Fairfax correspondent Michael Bachelard explains the road to freedom for Schapelle Corby.

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Schapelle Corby's sister Mercedes has separated from her husband, Wayan, but did not inform Bali authorities, even though he is the drug smuggler's guarantor.

Wayan Widyartha has signed documents with the Bali corrections authorities saying he will be responsible for any problems she causes while she is on parole.

Schapelle Corby's sister Mercedes and husband Wayan fight their way through the media pack after visiting Corby.

Schapelle Corby's sister Mercedes and husband Wayan fight their way through the media pack after visiting Corby. Photo: Justin McManus

But Fairfax Media has learnt from friends of the family that the couple, who were married in 1999, split months ago.

Ketut Artha, the head of Bali's corrections board, said the split would make no difference to Corby's ability to stay on parole as long as Mr Wayan stayed as guarantor.

At this stage Mr Wayan is sticking by the family.

Released: Schapelle Corby in the Corrections Bureau.

Released: Schapelle Corby in the Corrections Bureau. Photo: Justin McManus

He sat next to Schapelle during her masked interview and document signing at the Bali corrections office and helped guide her through the throng of media.

Family friend Dane Kasih has also said Mr Wayan takes joint responsibility for the couple's children.

Corrections board chief Mr Ketut said: “We didn't know anything about the split – we heard nothing. When we did our review of her suitability for parole [in August 2013], our investigation suggested that the family was OK.”

Schapelle Corby leaves the Bali corrections office.

Schapelle Corby leaves the Bali corrections office. Photo: Justin McManus

The parole board would add concern about the split to their pastoral care and guidance of Corby and review the implications for her personally in the future, Mr Ketut said.

An officer at the Bali Justice office, Made Badra, confirmed that the family relationships would not affect Mr Wayan's role as guarantor as long as he remained willing to help supervise Corby.

“If he now withdraws from being a guarantor, that's a problem, but it's nothing to do with what's happening within the family,” Mr Made said.

The news suggests that even when Schapelle Corby leaves the resort to which she has been escorted, she may not go to live in Mr Wayan's family compound.

While it is possible under Indonesian prison regulations to have a non-native Indonesian as guarantor, it is understood the Corby case was already complex and controversial enough without adding that into the mix.

A French drug trafficker, Michael Le Blanc, was recently released into the care of his mother, who had moved to Indonesia to facilitate his parole.

Mercedes Corby thanked her family's supporters on Monday. 

"We've been waiting almost 10 years for this moment," Ms Corby said, according to a Twitter post by Channel 10 journalist Matt Moran (@mattmoran10news).  

"It's very emotional for Schapelle and our family. We are all very relieved & happy. Thank you for everyone who has been there for us & supported us for all these years."

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