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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