The federal government is distancing itself from the prospect of Schapelle Corby selling her story to the media, even though it doesn’t believe people should profit from crime.
Nine years into her 20-year sentence for drug smuggling, Corby is likely to be released from jail on Monday after being granted parole by Indonesia’s justice minister.
The Australian government has supported her parole application since it was lodged in October 2012.
When asked whether Corby should be allowed to sell her story to the media, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the government believed in the principle that people should not profit from crime.
“But whether or not these circumstances arise, whether or not action is taken, will be a matter for Australian Federal Police and the Director of Public Prosecutions,” she told reporters in Adelaide on Saturday.
“These are matters independent of government.”
She said Corby would most likely want privacy and time with her family upon being released, and if that request were made, it should be respected by the media.
Corby was arrested in in 2004 for smuggling 4.2 kilograms of cannabis into Bali.
Now aged 36, she will serve out her parole in the Kuta home of her sister Mercedes Corby and her husband, Wayan Widyartha.
Under the conditions of her parole, she must not commit crime and must report to authorities until March 24, 2017, with the possibility of a further year of “guidance” to follow.