Australia's most notorious drug trafficker set to return home


On Saturday Australia's most notorious drug trafficker will finish her sentence in Bali and be deported back to Australia.

It will be the first time Schapelle Corby has been home since she was arrested for importing 4.1kg of marijuana into Indonesia more than 12 years ago.

The 36-year-old could be free from prison in Bali as early as this afternoon.
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The 39-year-old's case became a national obsession, and her and her family maintain her innocence.


October 8, 2004

Corby, then 27, is arrested at Denpasar Airport in Bali. Customs find the drugs in her bodyboard bag.

Early 2005

Corby goes on trial and professes her innocence, saying she had no idea how the marijuana ended up in her bag.

The defence argues they were planted at the airport. In April Corby collapses in the courtroom, with her sister blaming the media scrutiny.

May 27, 2005  

Corby is found guilty of importing a narcotic and is sentenced to 20 years in prison, prompting an outpouring of emotion in the courtroom.

The verdict and dramatic scenes that followed were broadcast live on Australian television, and many Australians were horrified.

She is sent to the notorious Kerobokan prison.

2005 - 2012 

The former beauty school student goes through various appeals and pleas for clemency, and in 2012 has her sentence reduced.

In 2008 her father dies in Brisbane and allegations he was involved in the marijuana trade are aired.


Corby is granted parole and is released from prison, but must stay in Indonesia until 2017.


Corby has been spending her final days effectively in hiding in her home in Kuta.

She is said to be fearful of the media outside, watching for her every move. Her sister Mercedes is with her and has lashed out at the media for being intrusive.

The media has also been blamed for her refusing to make a required monthly trip to report for parole.


On Saturday Corby will be deported and flown back to Australia.

She is expected to land to a media circus in Brisbane on Sunday.

There are plenty of questions over how she will settle back into life in Australia, and fears for how her time in prison has affected her mental health.

There has also been speculation over a media deal, however, under Australian law she is not allowed to profit from criminal activity.

Convicted drug trafficker Schapelle Corby may be spending her last weekend in prison.
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A lot can happen in nearly 13 years.

Since Corby was last in Australia:

  • The country's had five leadership changes (John Howard was still in power when she made her fateful trip to Bali)
  • The era of social media has been ushered in. In 2004 Facebook was limited to Harvard students, and Twitter and Youtube didn't exist. Nor did iPhones.
  • In 2004 New South Wales was still dominating State of Origin. Since her arrest Queensland has won 10 out of the 12 years.

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