Waiting for a ‘Get Out of Jail’ Card
Schapelle Corby Urged to be Patient While Awaiting Parole from her Bali Prison Cell
The Chief Warden of Bali’s Kerobokan Prison, I Gusti Ngurah, on Friday, October 4, 2013, publicly denied that “marijuana queen” Schapelle Leigh Corby has been freed on parole.
Australian Corby was arrested on October 8, 2004 at the Bali International Airport carrying 4.2 kilograms of marijuana in her checked baggage. After a highly publicized trial, Corby was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Ngurah explained to The Bali Post that the process of parole from prison, especially when involving a foreigner, was time-consuming matter. Corby has served the requisite two-thirds of her total remaining sentence and paid a Rp. 100 million fine imposed by the Courts, leaving only a number of administrative steps, including Ministerial approval, to be addressed before her prison door can swing open.
The Prison’s Warden explained that Corby must still submit a photocopy of her verdict, undergo investigation and review by the prison, submit to a public review board and a be the subject of written declaration to the Denpasar prosecutors’ office testifying to her good behavior.
Also, In the case of a foreign prisoner, the individual’s consulate in Bali has to accept responsibility for their national who must live in Bali until the period of parole is completed.
Ngurah said local and international media reporting that Corby is free or will imminently be released is premature and creating a misconception with the public.
Reproduced from: © Bali Discovery Tours. http://www.balidiscovery.com.
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It has been announced by The Indonesian Ministry of Transportation via the Directorate General of Air Communications that there will be a partial closure schedule for Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport during the APEC CEO Summit taking place in Bali in early October 2013.
This is in order to facilitate the arrival and departure of private aircraft carrying heads of state and official delegations for the APEC Summit, through Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport and is deemed to be a necessary security measure.
A NOTAM – Official Notice to Airmen has been issued to the worldwide aviation community advising the following schedule of airport closures:
- October 5, 2013 Closed from 10:00 until 16:00 hours
- October 6, 2013 Closed from 10:00 until 20:00 hours
- October 8, 2013 Closed from 10:00 until 20:00 hours
- October 9, 2013 Closed from 10:00 until 16:00 hours
Travellers passing through the Bali Airport on the above dates should expect significant disruption in scheduled airline service, so discuss flying times and dates with your travel agent well in advance.
So many private jets carrying Heads of State to Bali are expected, that special arrangements have been made for visiting aircraft to wait in Surabaya and Lombokdue to the lack of parking space at Bali Airport.
Bali Ngurah Rai Airport receives 318 airplanes per day.
The disruption to normal scheduled arrivals means 426 aircraft with booked slots will not be allowed to land, thus causing inconvenience to approximately 85,000 passengers who would have arrived in those 32 hours now denied to commercial aircraft, and 85,000 departing passengers on the same aircraft.
APEC organisers expect delegations from 23 Asian countries to be in attendance at the Bali meeting. No doubt they will bring untold benefits to Bali by their very presence here.
See the lists of meetings in our Events section.