First of 'Bali Nine' drug mules to return to Australia

Blanche Robertson
November 15, 2018

"Once we hand her over, she will no longer be our responsibility", Slamet said.

"She just wants to come home and live her life in peace."

The Australian national Renae Lawrence would walk free from Bali's Bangli prison after Indonesian authorities deducted seven years from her actual 20 year-sentence in remission program.

Corby was deported in 2017 after several years of parole.

The nine members of the group were arrested by Indonesian authorities in the airport and several places in downtown city of Denpasar in April 2005 during their attempts to smuggle a total of 8.3 kilograms of drugs, valued 2.8 million USA dollars, from Indonesia to Australia.

Two of the so-called Bali Nine, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, were executed in 2015.

The other five are all serving life sentences.

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Another smuggler, Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen, died of cancer while serving a life term for his part in the plot. According to the ABC, it will be an emotional time for Lawrence and her family who are anxious about the public attention they will receive.

She said she was sorry for her actions but believed others would have done the same if they were in her situation.

Throughout her time in prison, Lawrence's sentence was reduced and she was transferred from the notorious Kerobokan prison, to Negara prison, and finally to Bangli prison.

Speaking through an interpreter, Bali's head of Board Corrections, I Made Badra, told Ten News his team had been working with the Australian consulate on the logistics of Lawrence's release.

The head of the Balinese provincial correction division, Slamet Prihantoro told Fairfax that on November 21 she would be "handed over to immigration for her deportation".

Australia's foreign affairs department would not confirm whether the reports were accurate.

"Due to our privacy obligations we will not provide further details".

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