Indonesia puts stop to Corby interview

Schapelle Corby is seated to be processed at the Denpasar Parole Board Office following her release from prison. REUTERS/Murdani Usman
Schapelle Corby is seated to be processed at the Denpasar Parole Board Office following her release from prison. REUTERS/Murdani Usman
Schapelle Corby will be told not to do her anticipated TV interview, after Indonesian authorities agreed it could end her parole.

Deputy Law and Human Rights Minister Denny Indrayana on Thursday night said he had discussed the issue with the minister.

They determined the interview would threaten Corby's parole, and it "would be wise" for her not to do it.

Mr Indrayana told reporters in Kuta that the convicted Australian drug trafficker was not a special case.

She had met the conditions to be granted parole, and if she met the conditions to have it revoked, including that she creates unease among society, it would be, he said.

"I have communicated with the minister earlier regarding the would-be stories, interviews.

"We have agreed, and we have conveyed this to corrections board officers, that it would be better that those interviews were not conducted because the content might invite polemics and it's possible that it creates unease among society."

If the interview took place, Mr Indrayana said, it was possible that Corby's parole would be revoked.

"So, instead of creating problems, we're giving the view, advice, as I have conveyed to corrections board officers to convey this to Corby that it (the interview) shall not be conducted because she's still in parole status.

"With parole, there's regulation."

Since her release from Kerobokan jail on Monday, Corby has been in talks with the Seven Network about giving her first TV interview, with reports the exclusive rights could earn her $2 million.

The backlash in both Australia and Indonesia prompted sister Mercedes Corby to release a statement to TV in both languages earlier on Thursday.

In it, she said: "The sums being reported are ridiculous".

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