Schapelle Corby to return to Australia 13 years after Bali drugs conviction

Schapelle Corby to return to Australia 13 years after Bali drugs conviction

Schapelle was deported from Bali on Saturday night after finalising her parole 12 and a half years after she was caught with 4.1kg of marijuana in her boogie board bag.

There was speculation Corby would head straight to her mother's house, but a van carrying Mercedes arrived there at about 7:30am with no sign of Schapelle.

Dozens of police and media and surrounded Corby as she was bundled out the gate of her home in Kuta and shoved into a waiting black auto with her sister Mercedes.

Mr Sumara said he was checking security in the area, which is a tourist precinct, and revealed that police will now also be involved in providing escorts for Corby today when her deportation process begins.

After officially becoming a free woman, she shared a selfie with her sister taken from inside the van bound for the airport, both their faces obscured by a shawl and hair.

The beauty school dropout covered her face with a scarf as she was bustled out of her home on the Indonesian resort island, amid heavy security as a huge pack of Australian and global journalists jostled to get a shot of her. If she got the death sentence she can not rehabilitate.

Corby's return home comes 12 years after she was sentenced to 20 years in prison, where she served nearly 10 years before being on parole for a further three years.

Before she left the home, Schapelle's sister Mercedes told News Corporation; "Schapelle is holding up well".

Just after 10pm local time on Saturday she posted a photo on Instagram with just one word - "boarded".

"We have coordinated with the immigration department, we will guard until she leaves for Australia", said Hadi Purnomo, police chief of the Balinese capital Denpasar.

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Tensions are running very high between the waiting media and those inside the Corby compound, and it's understood that a former police officer by the name of John McLeod has just arrived to assist Schapelle with the move.

Corby will be banned from re-entering Indonesia for six months - a term that could be repeatedly extended depending on requests from authorities.

She will be processed by immigration officials at the airport and authorities insist she will not be allowed to use the VIP exit.

Kerobokan Prison doctor, Agung Hartawan and parole officials spent about 30 minutes inside Corby's Kuta home.

Australian media have flown into Bali en masse and camped out outside Corby's Bali villa for the past few days, and hundreds of police officers have been deployed for her departure.

A member of the Corby family is expected to make a brief statement to media at 5:30am.

According to News Australia, prosecutor Ida Bagus Wiswantan chose to give Corby a second chance despite her refusal to admit that she was guilty of smuggling 4.2 kg of cannabis in a boogie board case in 2004.

Corby was declared "healthy" and "well" ahead of her deportation.

How Corby adds to this narrative will be closely watched. On Sunday she will be back on home turf.

"I don't see the security threat for her but this is the responsibility as police, whether there is a threat or not the police must have responsible (sic) for security", Mr Sumara said.

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