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Corby ‘tried to kill herself’, says Indonesian parole boss

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Schapelle Corby tried to take her own life with a knife during a meeting with parole officers at her sister’s Kuta home, an official says.

Bali parole board boss Sunar Agus says he visited her on Monday night at the home of her sister Mercedes and brother-in-law Wayan Widyartha, and found her “unstable mentally”.

“She seemed afraid when I tried to have dialogue with her,” he said.

“She tried to kill herself, she took a knife, but her family immediately prevented her.”

The officials are determining whether a TV program about the convicted drug smuggler has breached her parole.

Justice Minister Amir Syamsuddin on Tuesday repeated his earlier promise to carefully review the parole board’s report on the program before deciding whether it had crossed the line by causing community unease.

The minister – who hasn’t seen the program himself – said he expected the report soon, but didn’t want it rushed.

“I’m giving Bapas (the parole board) enough time to be as comfortable as possible because this is something they need to study very well,” he told reporters.

According to Mercedes, Corby had to be bathed and hand-fed as she battled mental illness during her time in Bali’s Kerobokan prison.

“For months we had to hand-feed her,” Mercedes said tearfully.

“I had to stick her medicine on my finger down her throat, hold a straw to her mouth so she could drink. She couldn’t speak.”

She also maintained her sister’s proclamations that she is innocent of smuggling 4.1kg of marijuana in her surfing gear in 2004.

Mercedes said the marijuana “could have been from Indonesia” or that perhaps an airport worker may have been responsible.

Bali’s parole office interviewed Mercedes and Wayan to verify the statements made in the interview.

Agus said he hadn’t yet found anything worrying in the program, however: “I suggest she (Corby) be more low profile”.

I Gusti Kompyang Adnyana, head of Bali’s Law and Human Rights provincial office, echoed the minister’s view that the report must be considered carefully.

“This regards a problem that’s quite in the spotlight,” he said.

“We can’t recklessly make the assessment.”

Corby has now left the luxury villa she stayed in for three weeks while the Seven Network was negotiating the story, which it says was unpaid.

She is staying at the family home of Wayan, in busy Kuta, and on Tuesday reported to parole and prosecution officials for the first time as part of her parole conditions.

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