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".
Front Page, Feb. 8: Australian drug trafficker Schapelle Corby to walk free from Bali prison after receiving parole pic.twitter.com/3sjZAyA8Vw— Jakarta Globe (@thejakartaglobe) February 7, 2014
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.
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. 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.
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."
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.
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.
@firstdogonmoon Let me guess, Corby will now be portrayed as an ugly hat in future cartoons?— Paul O'Driscoll (@PODviews) February 10, 2014
Looking at the footage of the Corby release, all you can see is someone wearing a bad white hat. It's not Schapelle, it's Jason Mraz!— Jason JT Tikao (@jtclassic) February 10, 2014
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.
The deal also goes against against advice given to Merecedes by DFAT that she not do it. The advice was unofficial & not compulsory— Peter Ford (@mrpford) February 10, 2014
There is very clear reason why she's wearing fedora hat & looking down all the time. 1st time we see her face will be opposite Mike Willesee— Peter Ford (@mrpford) February 10, 2014
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.
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.PT1M16S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-32aa2 620 349 February 9, 2014
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 is just moments away from having her parole completed.
She is signing documents and being fingerprinted inside the Bali Correctional Office after being released from the prison around 11.15am AEDT and filling out more paperwork at the prosecuter's office.
Back at the prosecutor's office, which Schapelle left about 30 minutes ago, officials are showing parole papers around to television cameras.
They confirmed Schapelle will stay in Kuta.
Schapelle has arrived at the Corrections Board office with sirens blaring, Fairfax's James Robertson reports.
Security personnel fought through a violent scrum to clear her path. She said nothing and maintained her head covering.
This is her last stop where she will corrections (known as Bapas) will fingerprint her and give her a schedule of appointments for reporting and counselling.
Channel Seven has tweeted a pic of her crying, still with fedora on, as she signed documents.
Schapelle Corny signs the documents to her freedom. pic.twitter.com/XVcNcZ0TQY— Robert Ovadia (@RobertOvadia) February 10, 2014
There are more pictures coming through on Channel Seven of Schapelle's mother and family celebrating her release with champagne at their Brisbane home.
If you're wondering what Rosleigh's bright yellow "Expendables" t-shirt means, here's the murky background story.
Schapelle Corby has now left the prosecutor's office and is on her way to the Bali Correctional Board office, the last stop before being allowed to go home as a parolee.
Michael Bachelard says she registered her exit from jail - her release date, case number, who is the corrections (Bapas) officer in charge of her case, her address and her guarantor.
Chaos, crush at prosecutor's office as Schapelle Corby leaves pic.twitter.com/FzPgWz3pS6— Michael Bachelard (@mbachelard) February 10, 2014
After her paperwork is completed in the next few hours, it's expected that Schapelle will eventually make her way to her sister Mercedes' Kuta compound and live under a relatively light set of parole conditions.
Mercedes Corby's home compound in Central Kuta where Shapelle will live when on parole. Photo: Justin McManus
Malcolm McCauley and David McHugh arrive in Bali two weeks after Schapelle's arrest. Photo: Supplied
What happened to the other characters in Schapelle Corby's story? The half-brother who was with Schapelle when she was arrested? The father accused of owning the marijuana?
Rick Feneley tracked them down in this article.
Fairfax reporter James Robertson says:
"To give you some idea of the level of media preparedness, the three commercial networks, one network source says, have flown in a total of 18 cameramen to Bali.
Many to be on the scene at the same time to cover different angles and monitor the prison overnight in the unlikely event of a secret release.
Each then have hired a handful of local freelancers."
In related news, Channel Nine's 11th-hour decision to bring forward the premiere of its Schapelle telefeature appears to have backfired spectacularly.
It attracted slightly more than 1 million viewers. Channel Seven's two-part miniseries in INXS attracted 1.97 million.
Actress Krew Boylan stars as Schapelle Corby in Channel Nine's telemovie. Photo: Supplied
Schapelle Corby's mother, Rosleigh Rose, has reportedly cracked open a bottle of champagne to celebrate her daughter's release.
Channel 9 reporter Sophie Walsh tweeted the following images from Loganlea in Brisbane.
Family of Corby say this is best news they've heard in 9 years - they're chanting "we are celebrating" dancing @9NewsBrisbane— Sophie Walsh (@sophie_walsh9) February 10, 2014
Back at Kerobokan prison, where Corby was released half an hour ago, the prison officials are hardly camera-shy.
They are parading Corby's parole papers and giving media interviews.
Cameras and reporters are now waiting around, with bated breath, as Schapelle Corby sits inside the prosecutors office filling out paperwork. It's a process expected to take 20 to 40 minutes.
And the scrum moves on as Corby fills out paperwork pic.twitter.com/LGz5RG95BN— James Robertson (@jamesrob) February 10, 2014
The television crews have reporters stationed at each stop on Schapelle Corby's journey to parole - the Kerobokan prison door, the prosecutor's office and the Bali Corrections Board office where her parole will be processed.
From there, she is free to go to her new "home", wherever that may be.
After so much build-up, it was a bizarre exit by Schapelle Corby at 11.15am AEDT.
The huge crowd of cameras couldn't even catch a glimpse of her face as she emerged wrapped in what appeared to be a blue scarf or towell and a tartan fedora.
That hat will be as famous as she is soon.
Schapelle Corby leaves the Kerobokan prison.
The Kerobokan prison boss told Channel 9 reporter Lizzie Pearl that he will miss Schapelle. But, he says that to all the prisoners.
Schapelle Corby has arrived at the prosecutor's office next to the District Court where she will be processed. It is expected to take up to 40 minutes.
Once again, a huge media scrum has crowded the building.
Indonesia correspondent Michael Bachelard reports that police yelled out before opening the door and guiding Corby through the scrum into the prison bus.
Corby out. Police yelled 'sip!' (Ready) and then she was hustled out wearing a white and blur Rowell over her head. Head bowed. Said nothing— Michael Bachelard (@mbachelard) February 10, 2014
You can just make out Corby's tartan-covered head in this picture from Channel Seven reporter Robert Ovadia.
She had scarf wrapped around her face as she was whisked into a prison bus in the space of 10 seconds.
The scrum of guards, media and tourists are not only gathering outside the tiny Kerobokan prison door that Schapelle is expected to walk out of.
Cars, taxis and motorcycles are revving their engines, ready to follow her to the prosecutor office and the Bali Corrections Board where her parole will be processed.
Reporters on the scene have described absolute bedlam as Schapelle was whisked into a prison bus with a tartan hat and scarf covering her face.
More than 100 police in plain clothes and uniform were there to ensure her safe release and to follow her next moves.
Bedlam pic.twitter.com/4UFiLI0W9f— Robert Ovadia (@RobertOvadia) February 10, 2014
Schapelle has been released. She has been pushed into a van amid tight security and an unbelievable media scrum.
It was difficult to see anything from television cameras. Indonesia correspondent Michael Bachelard reports that she was wearing a full tartan face cover.
Prison guards say her release is 15 minutes away, according to Fairfax reporter James Robertson.
Every opening of the door causes excitement. 15 minutes, says policeman.— James Robertson (@jamesrob) February 10, 2014
It's not likely to be a swift exit from prison for Schapelle Corby this afternoon. Here is the complicated process she needs to go through before she is officially a parolee:
- She will be escorted by prison officials from Kerobokan prison to the prosecutor's office about 45 minutes away to be processed, which is expected to take between 20 and 40 minutes.
- From there, she will be taken on a 30 minute drive to Bali Corrections Board office where officials will hand her over to the authority responsible for monitoring her parole, a process expected to take an hour.
- Then, she is free to go her new "home" in Bali with her family.
The media scrum outside Kerobokan prison's tiny prison door is insane, our Indonesia correspondent Michael Bachelard reports.
Waiting at the door for Schapelle Corby's release. Kerobokan. pic.twitter.com/4wwoUu4TOL— Michael Bachelard (@mbachelard) February 9, 2014
Networks have several crews, plus locals, so they don't miss a single head-turn, glance or tear of Schapelle Corby pic.twitter.com/1lN7vHLCXf— Michael Bachelard (@mbachelard) February 9, 2014
Why the national fascination with the wide-eyed beauty school student? This is a fascinating read by Rick Feneley that answers the question.
Interestingly, public support for Schapelle has collapsed over those nine years. In 2005, 75 per cent of people polled believed she was innocent. Now that's just 10 per cent.
Here's a quick and easy backgrounder on the who, what and when of the Schapelle Corby story. Who is she? Did she do it? What happens next?
Parole officers have been informed that, once released, she will work as a bikini designer for her brother-in-law's Indonesian clothing company and live with her sister Mercedes in Bali.
Our man on the ground, Indonesia correspondent Michael Bachelard, says that a prison bus backed into the jail's only entrance just after 10am AEST, sparking speculation that Corby may be released before the governor's 1pm press conference.
"The prison governor at Kerobokan, Farid Junaedi, has just confirmed that Schapelle Corby will be released today.
Mr Farid stopped on his way into the jail at about 7am local time to say the paperwork was received late on Sunday.
Shortly after his announcement to waiting media, a prison transport bus backed up to the jail's only entrance.
Dozens of members of Australia's media are waiting for the moment the 36-year-old walks out of prison for the first time in more than nine years."
Welcome to our live blog following all the drama in Bali as Schapelle Corby is set to be released from jail after nine years.
The governor of Kerobokan jail is due to address the media at 1pm AEDT. It's expected he will outline the plan for her release.
Schapelle Corby in the holding cell at the Denpasar Courts in 2005. Photo: Jason Childs