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Schapelle Corby gets parole from jail in Bali

Schapelle Corby released from prison

RAW: The moment Schapelle Corby, 36, walked out of prison for the first time in more than nine years. Nine News

That's it for our live blog on Schapelle Corby's release from Kerobokan prison after nine years.

She was released into a huge media scrum at around 8.15am local time (11.15am AEDT) and is now holed up in a luxury spa in upmarket Seminyak with a television crew from Channel Seven's Sunday Night.

For some mid-afternoon reading, here's a great feature on the national fixation on Schapelle Corby.

Interestingly, public support for Schapelle has collapsed over the nine years since her arrest.

In 2005, 75 per cent of people polled believed she was innocent. Now that's just 10 per cent.

Corby's release has made the front page of most local newspapers over the last few days.

The Bali Tribune referred to it as the "Corby circus".

Schapelle Corby's parole papers have been paraded by prison officials.

She will have relatively light conditions imposed on her until 2017 including not using or distributing drugs, reporting once a month for guidance and counselling and "dressing neatly and appropriately for the officials".

If the ongoing coverage just isn't enough, Channel Nine are hoping to take another bite of the cherry by airing an "encore" of its telemovie Schapelle tonight.

Unfortunately, it didn't work for them last night and they were trounced in the ratings by Channel Nine's INXS telemovie.

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A sizable media pack on scooters followed Schapelle Corby to the Sentosa Luxury Villas resort and spa in Seminyak.

She's now inside with a Channel Seven crew presumably prepping for their multi-million dollar tell-all interview.

There doesn't appear to be any restrictions on the paid interview under proceeds of crime legislation.

Security guards man the spa complex that Schapelle Corby was driven into.
Security guards man the spa complex that Schapelle Corby was driven into. Photo: Tessa van der Riet

Confirmed by Fairfax reporter James Robertson: Schapelle Corby and a Channel Seven crew have arrived at a luxury resort and spa in the fashionable Seminyak district, Sentosa Luxury Villas.

Michael Bachelard dinkus

Indonesia correspondent Michael Bachelard says there is now speculation that she may not be returning to the family compound of Wayan Widyartha, her guarantor, and the husband of her sister, Mercedes.

"Media vehicles are tailing the van she is riding in, which also seemed to have a TV crew from Channel Seven's Sunday Night program on board.

"It's understood Mercedes' family has bought at least one other property in recent times, and family members have been quoted today saying Schapelle is not welcome in the Kuta family compound."

Nando's Australia is dealing with a huge social media backlash after attempting to capitalise on Schapelle Corby's release with this questionable campaign.

Michael Bachelard dinkus
Schapelle Corby leaving the Bali Corrections Board office.
Schapelle Corby leaving the Bali Corrections Board office. Photo: Nine News

Head of the Bali Corrections Board Ketut Artha said Corby's mind did not seem to be on what she was doing while her parole was being processed, Michael Bachelard reports.

When asked if she understood what the parole card meant, she said, "Yes, I understand".

Mr Ketut told her that if she had any problems, Corby should call him and call your parole officer. She said "Yes", and was nodding.

"Whatever I said to her she would not get it. I'll wait for her next visit, next month to talk to her," Mr Ketut said.

Asked about her mood, he said she didn't seem happy, or excited, she was not crying, she just had a "plain, neutral response".

Her parole officer Putu Andiani and Mr Ketut both lifted her scarf to make sure it really was Corby. Both of them have confirmed it was her.

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Schapelle Corby in the Bali Corrections Board office.
Schapelle Corby in the Bali Corrections Board office. Photo: Justin McManus

Here is the strange get-up Schapelle Corby was wearing as she was released on parole, presumably to conceal her face until the first tell-all interview with Channel Seven.

Schapelle Corby’s uncle described his family as ‘‘elated’’ at her release from a Bali jail on Monday but said the fight would continue to clear her name, reports Brisbane Times journalist Kim Stephens.

Shun Hutton, the brother of Corby’s Loganlea-based mother Ros Rose, has been a frequent visitor to Kerobokan prison, where Corby has been detained for more than nine years and witnessed a gradual decline in her mental state.

He said the family were looking forward to having everyone together again for a big Christmas celebration at Mercedes Corby's Bali compound this year.

Not surprisingly, the tartan fedora donned by Corby as she left prison has gone viral.

Interestingly, the exclusive first-interview has gone to the same television network that Mercedes Corby sued in 2007 for defamation.

Entertainment journo Peter Ford has speculated that the Channel Seven deal went for $1.5 million.

He said it was signed last week on the agreement it would not be announced until she walked out of prison today.

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A quick recap of the hectic scenes this morning:

  • After nine years, Schapelle Corby was released from Kerobokan prison at 11.15am AEDT into a huge media scrum with her face completely covered in a scarf and tartan fedora.
  • She was whisked away to the prosecutors' office and then the Bali Correctional Office to have her paperwork completed, fingerprints given and future parole appointments lined up.
  • At around 12.45pm AEDT she left the correctional office to go to her new "home" flanked by private security guards and a Channel Seven crew.
  • Channel Seven's Sunday Night have reportedly secured her first interview for between $1 million and $3 million.
Media scrum: Schapelle Corby, wearing a checked hat, leaves Kerobokan prison.
Media scrum: Schapelle Corby, wearing a checked hat, leaves Kerobokan prison. 

Mumbrella is also reporting that Channel Seven has landed the exclusive first interview, quoting the staggering amount of between $1 million and $3 million for the rights.

Sunday Night reporter Mike Willesee was a new addition to the press pack today. Seven is refusing to confirm anything.

It's believed Schapelle Corby is now on her way to her sister Mercedes' Kuta compound where she will live while on parole.

Schapelle's new home a Kuta beach compound

Take a look at Mercedes Corby's family compound in Kuta, which is the address authorities have listed for Schapelle when she leaves prison. Tessa van der Riet reports from Bali.

Schapelle has finally been released from the Bali Correctional Office and is officially out on parole.

She has been taken away by private security guards, reportedly hired by Channel Seven who have secured the exclusive first interview.

Schapelle is still wearing a hat and a scarf covering her entire face, sparking speculation she has already done a deal to give the first pictures to a media outlet.

News Ltd reported over the weekend that Channel Ten had emerged as the dark horse to gazump Nine and Seven for the first tell-all interview.

Today, they've tweeted that Channel Seven's Sunday Night has nabbed the exclusive and whisked her away in a fleet of four private cars and security guards.

Schapelle Corby.
Schapelle Corby. Photo: Nine News
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