Schapelle Corby ready to come home, says parole officer
SCHAPELLE Corby is ready to go home says her parole officer, dismissing rumours that she has an Indonesian boyfriend.
It has been 13 years since the Australian was arrested and jailed for smuggling cannabis into Bali in her boogie board bag. She is due to be deported to Australia on May 27 after completing her sentence.
Corby has been living in Kuta since February 2014 on parole after being released from Kerobokan jail after nine years.
In recent weeks Corby has been spotted swimming, jogging and reading on the beach in the countdown to her deportation.
Her parole officer Ketut Sukiati told Fairfax that Corby was ready to go home.
"Last time she came for a report she said she wants to go home of course," Ms Sukiati said.
"She looked normal when she said it, not too excited or anything. She was relaxed whenever she had to come in and report if there were no media."
Ms Sukiati said Corby did not have a boyfriend despite rumours she is in a relationship with Ben Panangian.
There's speculation about whether the couple would be able to maintain a relationship as Corby could reportedly be banned from returning to Indonesia once her parole ends.
Corby will definitely be barred from the country for six months but this could become a lifetime ban, News Corp reporter Cindy Wockner reported.
This would be a significant barrier if Corby wanted to maintain a relationship with Panangian as it would be difficult for him to get a visa to come to Australia because he has been twice convicted and jailed on drug charges in Bali.
The pair met in Bali's Kerobokan prison church in 2006 and he has been a constant support for Corby, but the two have denied they are in a relationship when quizzed by parole and court officials.
Bali's Ngurah Rai Immigration chief, Ari Budijanto said Corby would be taken directly to the airport from the parole office and kept in custody, possibly in an Immigration detention cell once her sentence was completed.
"This is only a small matter, not a big matter. Corby is a common convict. Nothing special. She is only a crime perpetrator who has already served her sentence and is now going to be deported. That's all," Mr Budijanto told News Corporation.
"For me, there is nothing special at all. It's the media that makes this special," he said.