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Corby parole decision expected tomorrow

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Schapelle Corby will likely have to wait until Friday to learn whether her bid for release from a Bali prison will succeed.

Indonesia’s Justice Minister Amir Syamsuddin confirmed on Wednesday he would consider the convicted drug smuggler’s bid for parole within the next three days.

He said there were 1700 applications for parole before him and stressed the Australian’s case would be treated the same as the others.

On Wednesday night he was more specific about the timing, telling reporters in Jakarta he would make his decision on Friday.

“I will finalise all on Friday,” Mr Syamsuddin said.

“All will be processed equally; no special treatment whatsoever.”

Mr Syamsuddin has already said publicly he can see no reason why Corby’s parole bid should be rejected.

Her case was heard in Jakarta last week, but it’s not known whether the parole board’s recommendation to Mr Syamsuddin was in favour of parole.

If it’s approved, Corby, 36, will serve her parole in the Kuta home of her sister Mercedes and her husband Wayan Widyartha.

The beauty student was 27 when she was caught in 2004 attempting to smuggle more than four kilograms of marijuana into Bali in a bodyboard bag.

She has always maintained her innocence.