Updated: 02/07/2014 16:50 | By Agence France-Presse

Indonesia grants parole to Australian drug convict

Indonesia has granted parole to Australian drug trafficker Schapelle Corby who has spent nine years behind bars on the resort island of Bali, the justice minister said on Friday.

Indonesia grants parole to Australian drug convict

Australian drug trafficker Schapelle Corby, pictured at a court room in Denpasar, on Indonesia's Bali island, on August 25, 2006 - by Jewel Samad

"Corby is among some 1,200 people" whose parole applications have been finalised, said Amir Syamsuddin, while refusing to comment on when she might be released from prison.

The justice ministry added in a statement: "Corby has been approved to receive parole."

Corby has always maintained her innocence and her case has attracted huge media attention and sympathy in Australia.

Hordes of Australian media have been camped out in front of the infamous Kerobokan prison in Bali where Corby has been held for the past few days in anticipation of her release. 

A media bidding war is reportedly in full swing in Australia that could see Corby earn millions of dollars for her tell-all story if she is released.

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