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Schapelle Corby completes sentence, due to leave Bali tonight

27 May 2017

Schapelle Corby will leave Bali later today amid just as much hysteria as when she arrived in 2004 carrying more than 4 kilograms of marijuana in her boogie board bag.

More than 12 years later, Corby will be escorted to the airport with an elaborate entourage deployed for the send-off.

The Bali Police Chief has ordered up to 100 police be ready to ensure the safe deportation of the 39-year-old Australian whose sentence expired at midnight.

The head of correctional facilities in Bali, Surung Pasaribu, expressed his frustration to the ABC, saying it was the Australian consulate who requested the tight security.

“The person who is about to be deported is Australian, her family is Australia, the party who requested security is the Australian consulate, the media who are covering this are Australian and then we are the one who have to deal with it,” he said.

The main job of the deployed police will be controlling traffic, and most likely the press.

Sugriwa, a spokesman for the Denpasar Police Chief, said the officers would be in uniform and plain clothes.

Authorities in Bali say Corby would report to Bali’s parole office before being taken to the airport and placed in an immigration holding cell.

Media surround Schapelle Corby's villa, as a doctor arrives for her final health check.

The head of Bali’s Justice office, Ida Bagus Adnyana, told the press she was due on a Virgin flight back to Brisbane in the late evening.

“Under my coordination I have issued an instruction letter to immigration and the parole office to coordinate the smooth process of the return to her country,” he said.

“We just want to make sure that everything goes well.”

Corby did not emerge from her Bali villa on her last day of parole. A doctor from Kerobokan prison, where she spent nine years, visited and declared the Australian healthy.

On Thursday, John Mcleod, a celebrity bodyguard employed by the Corby family, visited the villa twice but did not answer questions.

Corby is prohibited from speaking to the press in Bali as part of her parole conditions.

When she is back on Australian soil she can speak freely but not for profit. Proceed of crime laws mean she cannot sell her story.