Jakarta: Schapelle Corby is likely to stay free on parole despite the recent arrest of her Indonesian boyfriend on drugs charges.
Bali police sources have confirmed to Fairfax Media that Corby's long-time boyfriend, Ben Panangian, 32, was arrested on August 20, allegedly in possession of marijuana.
The drugs – enough for about 40 joints – were contained in two packages, one weighing 0.64 grams and the other of 8.21 grams, local police have said.
Under Indonesian law, it is enough to earn Panangian up to 12 years in prison, though in reality sentences for possession are usually much shorter.
Corby met Panangian in Kerobokan prison, where he was serving time on drugs charges, and has maintained the relationship since she was granted parole in February. Her continuing parole is on the condition that she be of good behaviour and stay away from drugs.
Corby's parole officer, Putu Andiyani, has played down the danger that Panangian's arrest might affect the Australian's parole.
"If it is her boyfriend, it will not affect her parole unless she was with him when the arrest happened," Ms Putu said.
Ms Putu said Corby had "never revealed in her interviews that she has a boyfriend".
A spokesman for Indonesian Justice Minister Amir Syamsuddin also said that as long as Corby was not at the scene of the arrest, "she's safe".
"As long as she's not doing anything wrong she's safe until she completes all her term," spokesman Goncang Raharjo said.
Corby's parole became a highly political, controversial issue in Indonesia, particularly when it was revealed she planned to do a paid TV interview with Australia's Channel Seven.
Only if that issue flares again politically are there likely to be any calls to revoke her parole over the latest controversy.
Police have confirmed that Panangian, who they have officially only identified as "BPS", was arrested in Nusa Dua on August 20 at about 6pm. They say he was on his motorbike at a house that police had raided earlier in the day as part of a drug bust.
As they approached him, police say he threw two packages on the road. The packages were later found to have contained 0.64 grams of marijuana. A later raid on his home found more of the drug in his wardrobe.
Police say Panangian has not been formally interviewed yet, but he has insisted to them that the drugs were for personal use.
Methamphetamines were allegedly found inside the house near where Panangian was arrested, police say. The owner of that house, identified only as "TMY", was the main target of the raid.
Corby was arrested at Bali airport in October 2004 with 4.2 kilograms of cannabis in her boogie-board bag. She has maintained her innocence.