Corby parole still in limbo

Schapelle Corby
Schapelle Corby
Schapelle Corby's parole remains in limbo while a report on whether she has fallen foul of Indonesian law is being prepared.

Corrections officials had hoped to give their dossier to Justice Minister Amir Syamsuddin this week, but by Friday afternoon there had been no confirmation he had it.

The minister granted parole for the convicted drug smuggler in February, but is under pressure to take it back after the family took part in a program for the Seven Network.

Mr Syamsuddin must determine whether the program - in which Mercedes Corby continued to proclaim her sister's innocence - has breached parole conditions by upsetting the community.

Authorities are also looking into who paid for the five-star villa where the Corbys stayed out of sight for three weeks and where parts of the program were filmed.

In an Australian radio interview that followed Seven's Sunday Night program, executive producer Mark Llewellyn admitted to paying for the villa.

"We paid for the hotel, paid for the security," he told Sydney's Triple M radio on March 3.

"That was also for our people."

Bali parole board boss Sunar Agus says the issue is contentious and has warranted further investigation.

Receipts had been obtained from the Sentosa Seminyak resort and "what's obvious is it was not the Corby family who paid for it", he said.

Agus said it could be a factor in Corby's case, "depending on what the payment was for and how was it connected".

In Mr Llewellyn's interview, he said he hoped to eventually secure the forbidden conversation with Corby, blaming "other mates in the media" for stirring controversy in Indonesia.

"We thought we had it last week and then the Indos (sic) said 'No, she can't do an interview', but I suspect ultimately they will say yes, I would hope so," he said.

On Thursday evening, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) announced it was dropping a proceeds of crime investigation into Corby.

Seven has launched legal action against the AFP over its raids on its Sydney offices.

Approached for a statement about paying for the villa on Friday, a Seven spokeswoman said: "As the matter remains before the court, we do not intend to make further comment at this stage."

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