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Putting Corby back in jail ‘reckless’, says parole boss

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The senior official of the Bali Justice Office who witnessed Schapelle Corby’s self-harm attempts has argued it would be “reckless” to send her back to jail.

Indonesian authorities completed their report on the controversial Seven Network program that could end Corby’s parole, as two Australian members of the media were deported on Friday.

The same man who granted Corby’s parole – Justice Minister Amir Syamsuddin – will decide whether to take it away.

Bali parole board’s Sunar Agus says he conveyed to the minister it would be best for Corby to remain on parole, however it was not his decision.

“If we force her to go back to jail, we would be considered reckless,” he said.

“Let her be guided so that she can improve herself again.”

But Agus, who first revealed that an “unstable” Corby had tried to cut herself with a knife during a meeting on Monday night, did flag the possibility of other sanctions for the Australian.

Meanwhile, authorities say the decision to deport two Australian members of the media was part of a larger operation, and not at the request of the Corby family.

Network Ten reporter Daniel Sutton and freelance photographer Nathan Richter were sent back to Australia on Friday afternoon and are banned from re-entering Indonesia for at least six months.

They were stopped on Wednesday while working near the Kuta home where Corby is staying, while she tries to avoid media attention.

They only had visas bought on arrival at the airport, rather than journalist visas, I Gusti Kompyang Adnyana, of Bali’s law and human rights department, told reporters.

He denied the operation was at the Corby family’s request.

“This was purely from our own decision,” he said.

“We will do this in the future. This is a reminder for them to follow procedure.”

Asked why other reporters – including those from the Seven Network who documented Corby’s first days on parole – had not been arrested, he said: “We’re still looking”.

Earlier this week, Agus revealed Corby had asked whether foreign media could be deported.

But he said: “I will not go there and will not do it”.

Sutton and Richter could have been jailed for up to five years and fined 500 million rupiah ($A48,500) but officials opted for deportation in order for the matters to be dealt with quickly.

Their ban on re-entering Indonesia can be extended.

A Network Ten spokesperson said Sutton had “inadvertently entered Indonesia” on the wrong visa.

Corby’s family has blamed media intrusion for her ailing mental health and attempts at self-harm earlier this week.

While the drug smuggler heeded advice not to be interviewed for Seven’s story, her sister Mercedes spoke and continued to maintain the 36-year-old’s innocence.

Mr Syamsuddin, who is campaigning for re-election, is under significant public pressure to send Corby back to jail.

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