Thirty-six-year-old Schapelle Corby was granted parole last month, after being convicted of importing 4.2kg of cannabis into Indonesia on a flight between Brisbane and Denpasar in 2004. In 2005 she was sentenced to 20 years is prison – although through a series of appeals she had her sentence reduced to 15 years.
Currently, Corby is required to stay in Indonesia until 2017, where she will live with her sister, Mercedes.
She has been in prison for 9.5 years.
It’s difficult to imagine the effect this must’ve had on Schapelle Corby. And really, we still don’t know. In Channel 7’s exclusive footage of Corby’s first days out of prison, we don’t get to hear much from Corby herself.
Instead, her sister Mercedes weighs in, explaining how her sister is feeling.
Although initial reports suggested that Corby was offered a deal to tell her story to Channel 7 – and would be paid close to $2 million dollars – those reports have since been denied. The Indonesian government forbade Corby from being paid for an interview, as it would breach her parole conditions.
Sunday Night did negotiate exclusive access to Corby after she was released on parole, but a spokeswoman for the program has said that, “There’s no interview with Schapelle, and no payment was made.”
So, what did we learn from Sunday Night’s program on Schapelle? Here are 6 quotes that give some insight into Corby’s current condition.
1. As she was driven through the streets outside the courtroom, Schapelle is heard to say, “I started crying, because they just use me… I don’t like to judge, but that’s just wrong.” She is referring, presumably, to the media camped outside.
2. She is ‘broken’. Mercedes told Sunday Night that, “She’s broken now, and even though I’m her big sister… I feel that now she really relies on me. She’s had to rely on me. She’s lost her strength She was such a strong person before. She’s different.”