Indonesia deports Australian whose drug saga riveted nation

Indonesia on Saturday deported Australian drug smuggler Schapelle Corby, whose trial and imprisonment on the tourist island of Bali mesmerized her homeland for more than a decade.

About 200 police officers were deployed to secure her deportation in Denpasar, Bali’s capital, said Ida Bagus Adnyana, who heads Bali’s Justice and Human Rights office. “Corby signed a document to end her parole. She is completely free now,” he said.

Corby was escorted by officials to Bali’s airport and was expected to take a Virgin flight back to Brisbane.

She was arrested in 2004 at the age of 27 after customs officers at Bali’s airport found 4 kilograms (9 pounds) of marijuana inside her boogie board bag, sparking a media frenzy in Australia on par with America’s O.J. Simpson trial.

The drama was tailor-made for TV: a photogenic Australian beach girl who had apparently fallen victim to corrupt officials in an Asian country…

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