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Schapelle Corby faces parole setback

Published: 6:07AM Tuesday May 21, 2013 Source: ONE News

Convicted Australian drug smuggler Schapelle Corby has suffered a setback in her bid for freedom.

Indonesia's anti-narcotics agency says it will not support her bid for parole.

National Narcotics Agency official Benny Mamoto yesterday told the Nine Network he had sent a letter to Indonesia's Minister for Justice and Human Rights saying that his organisation was against the push for parole.

The development comes after her hopes of release were boosted in March when the Australian government offered a guarantee to Indonesia that if she was granted an early release she would not breach parole conditions.

Her legal team had hoped she would be released on parole and be allowed to serve the remainder of her sentence in Bali. Her sentence is due to end in 2017.

RMIT University Indonesia expert Jeff Lewis told Channel Nine although the agency didn't have the final say in the matter, it was "definitely a setback".

"By and large you would want the support of the board to ensure a successful parole appeal."

Corby was sentenced to 20 years jail for smuggling four kilograms of marijuana into Indonesia in 2004. She has maintained her innocence.

Her prison term was slashed by five years after she was granted clemency last year.