Australia will offer an official guarantee to the Government of Indonesia that Ms Schapelle Corby will not breach parole conditions should she be released on parole from Kerobokan Gaol.
Australia would back this guarantee with a reporting regime imposed through the Australian Consulate in Bali.
The official guarantee for Ms Corby’s conduct on parole was delivered by the Australian Consulate in Bali to the Governor’s office at Kerobokan Gaol on March 8.
Foreign Minister Bob Carr said the letter of guarantee would not automatically lead to parole but was an important step forward.
“Ms Corby was convicted and sentenced in accordance with Indonesian law,” Senator Carr said.
“Her 20-year sentence is a warning to anyone thinking of involving themselves in illegal activities overseas.
“However, most Australians would agree she has served a substantial term in gaol and deserves the chance to plead her case before parole authorities.
“We’ve advised Indonesian authorities the Australian Government supports the granting of parole to Ms Corby.
“This letter of guarantee – backed by strict reporting requirements – is necessary in order for the parole application to proceed.
“The parole process is independent of government. We cannot influence their final decision which will be made on its merits.”
To meet the guarantee, Australia would impose requirements including:
• regular reporting by Ms Corby to Australian consular officers in Bali;
• retention by the Indonesian Government of any passports or travel documents; and
• assurances to the satisfaction of the Consul-General on matters such as Ms Corby’s place of abode.
Under Indonesian law, prisoners have the right to apply for parole after serving two thirds of their sentence. While 16 foreigners have been paroled in Indonesia, none have successfully been granted parole in Bali.
Ms Corby was convicted in Indonesia on drugs charges and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in 2005. This was reduced by 5 years in 2012 following a clemency appeal.
Indonesia’s parole regulations also impose additional conditions for granting of parole to prisoners convicted on narcotics offences. As well as serving two thirds the sentence and demonstrating good behaviour, a prisoner must also demonstrate a ‘willingness to cooperate with law enforcement officials’ to ‘expose’ other individuals involved in the commission of their crime.
Australia continues to seek a prisoner transfer agreement with Indonesia. Indonesian does not currently have prisoner transfer agreements with any country, meaning gaol terms and parole must be served within Indonesia.