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Watch: First glimpse of Bali Nine drug smuggler Renae Lawrence after release from Indonesian prison


Bali Nine drug smuggler Renae Lawrence has been released from Indonesia's Bangli Prison and is expected to board a flight to Australia after spending more than 13 years behind bars.

Lawrence walked out of the prison on Wednesday afternoon local time (shortly before 10pm NZT) through a media throng into a waiting car to be taken to Denpasar airport.

Justice department officials had minutes earlier announced the 41-year-old's release and that all processes for her release, including a health check, had been completed.

She walked free on November 21 after spending 13 years locked up. Source: Associated Press

"We have issued a release from the prison and the prison has already conducted a health check and the result is the prisoner was healthy," a white-shirted senior official told the media outside the jail.

"This is the paper that shows she is now a free woman," he said, indicating the document.

He said the immigration department would process Lawrence and she would be driven to the immigration detention centre at the airport before departing for Australia.

"The immigration department has released a letter asking for the immediate departure of Renae Lawrence from Indonesia," the official said.

Bali Nine mule Renae Lawrence
Bali Nine mule Renae Lawrence Source: Getty

Lawrence is expected to fly out on Wednesday night.

She was arrested at Bali's main airport in April 2005 with 2.7 kilograms of heroin strapped to her body as part of a bid to smuggle a total of eight kilograms of heroin into Australia.

The former panel beater from Newcastle in New South Wales has been held in three different Bali prisons.

The most recent was Bangli Prison, in mountainous eastern Bali.

Five police officers arrived at the prison earlier on Wednesday and are expected to escort Lawrence on the 90-minute drive to Denpasar before her flight.

Her mother, Bev Waterman, and stepbrother, Allan Waterman, are already in Bali and will accompany her on the flight home.

They have reportedly been given a new passport for Lawrence, provided by consular officials in Bali.

A local doctor who visits Bangli prison is reported to have prescribed anti-depressants to help Lawrence cope with anxiety before her long-awaited chance for a new start in life.

When she returns, Lawrence is facing two arrest warrants from NSW Police that have been outstanding since 2005.

One warrant alleges she was involved in a high-speed chase in a stolen car.

But NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has indicated a deal with her lawyers was more likely than handcuffs on the tarmac when she flies in.

Five other Bali Nine members remain imprisoned in Bali, one died from cancer in May and the other two, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, were executed by firing squad in 2015.

The Australian was shrouded in security as she emerged from Bangli Prison. Source: Reuters