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Indonesia grants parole to Australian drug trafficker

KEROBOKAN, Indonesia -- Australian drug trafficker Schapelle Corby was granted parole by Indonesian authorities Friday as mobs of journalists camped outside her Bali prison and a bidding war heated up for her first post-jail interview.

Justice Minister Amir Syamsuddin announced that Corby, whose case has attracted huge public sympathy since she was arrested in 2004 trying to smuggle marijuana into Bali, would walk free from prison after more than nine years behind bars.

However Farid Junaidi, the governor of Kerobokan prison on the resort island where Corby is held, said that she would not be released until next week due to procedural formalities.

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