Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
Finance | By Laverne Griffith

Schapelle Corby arrives in Australia after last-minute flight change to avoid media

Schapelle Corby arrives in Australia after last-minute flight change to avoid media

Corby was arrested in 2004 carrying more than 4 kilograms of marijuana in her boogie board bag and returns to Australia as a convicted drug trafficker who has served her jail time.

Mercedes did not speak to the media when she arrived with a security guard at Rosleigh Rose's home just before 7.30am.

Dozens of police and media and surrounded Corby as she was bundled out the gate of her home in Kuta and shoved into a waiting black vehicle with her sister Mercedes.

Ms Corby then proceeded to share selfies from inside the black Toyota SUV that transported her and her sister Mercedes from her Kuta villa to the airport, as well as snap of her parole paper work.

Upon arrival she was whisked away from Brisbane Airport under the cover of early-morning darkness without detection.

Normally the Parole Office has just two staff working on a Saturday but for Corby, chiefs called in 30 personnel from their usual day off.

Earlier, Bali corrections chief Surung Pasaribu said if everyone worked calmly, Corby's escort would proceed calmly.

Adding to the drama and public interest, the court hearings were broadcast live and included emotional outbursts from Corby and her family when she received a 20-year sentence.

Her sister Mercedes lives on the Gold Coast, while her mother lives in Loganlea, south of Brisbane.

Having spent this week inside her Kuta villa in Bali, sheltering from a growing media pack, the anxious 39-year-old is expected to board a flight from Denpasar to Brisbane late on Saturday night.

"We will protect her", he said.

Armed police vehicles complete a practice run to the parole offices in Denpasar where Corby will have to sign papers

And while there have been predictions that Corby could generate hundreds of thousands of dollars if she was to do a media deal, given the strict Proceeds from Crime Act and the Corby family's history, and success, at suing various media outlets, commercial television networks Seven and Nine have been uncharacteristically coy about how they intend to cover Schapelle's "homecoming".

The view of the Australian has been starkly different in Indonesia than in her homeland.

"After the process was completed, Corby immediately departed to the airport to be repatriated to Australia", said Sampurno.

She was taken in a convoy from her Bali villa to the airport, to catch a flight to Brisbane.

It's doubtful that Panangian, as a convicted drug offender, would be eligible to enter Australia, and with Schapelle being slapped with a lifetime ban from Bali, any reunion between the two would probably have to occur in another country.

Earlier police had locked arms around the auto to push back media as she left her home.

It's not clear if Corby has a personal connection to the Tyrrell family or to the case. "She seemed fine and very relaxed".

Corby was declared "healthy" and "well" ahead of her deportation.

"I don't see the security threat for her but this is the responsibility as police, whether there is a threat or not the police must have responsible (sic) for security", Mr Sumara said.

Denpasar police chief Hadi Purnomo told News Corporation today it was planned to use the same vehicle which has been used previously to transport police murder suspects, Byron Bay woman Sara Connor and her British boyfriend David Taylor.

Mr Panangian, whom she met in Kerobokan jail, has drug convictions and is unlikely to pass the character test required to get a visa to Australia.

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