Frenchman freed on parole from Indonesian jail: mother
French national Michael Blanc says goodbye to his mother Helene Le Touzey at the visitors receiving area of Cipinang prison in Jakarta, April 19, 2011 - by Romeo Gacad
Michael Blanc, 40, was arrested the day after Christmas in 1999 at Bali airport with 3.8 kilograms (8.4 pounds) of hash hidden in diving canisters.
"He has come out of prison. He has signed his release papers," his mother, Helene Le Touzey, told AFP.
Blanc had been imprisoned in a jail in the south of the Indonesian capital Jakarta. Under the conditions of his parole, he must remain in Indonesia until the end of his sentence, on July 21, 2017.
It is rare for Indonesian authorities to grant a foreign prisoner parole, and his early release raises hopes for high-profile Australian drug trafficker Schapelle Corby.
Corby, jailed for 20 years in 2005 for smuggling marijuana into Bali, has been recommended for early release but the process has been bogged down by bureaucratic wrangling.
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