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Australian Foreign Minister welcomes Corby's release

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has welcomed the released of Schapelle Corby, who has been released on parole after serving nine years in a Balinese jail.

Former beauty therapist Schapelle Corby pictured in 2005. Credit: Reuters

"The decision by Indonesia's minister for law and human rights is welcomed," Ms Bishop told the Australian.

"I understand that now the decision to grant parole has been made is a matter for the authorities to determine the time of the release but I hope that she's now given some privacy as she gets her life back together," she added.

Convicted Australian drug smuggler freed from Bali jail

Convicted Australian drug smuggler Schapelle Corby has been released on parole after serving nine years in a Balinese prison.

Schapelle Corby will not be able to return to her home country of Australia until 2017. Credit: Reuters

Corby - who has always protested her innocence - was convicted of smuggling 4.2 kilograms (9 pounds) of marijuana onto Bali and sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2005.

In 2010, she asked for clemency, citing her poor mental state. Two years later in 2012, Indonesia's president cut her sentence by five years.Corby, 35, will have to stay in Bali and cannot return to Australia until 2017.

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Security guard strangled to death by python in Bali

A security guard died after being strangled to death by a huge python near a luxury hotel on Indonesia's resort island of Bali, police said.

The incident happened early this morning when the 15 foot python was slithering across the road near the Bali Hyatt hotel, closed for renovations.

The man had offered to help capture the 15 foot snake on the resort island of Bali. Credit: Andrea & Antonella Ferrari

The victim, Ambar Arianto Mulyo, was a 59-year-old security guard at a nearby restaurant. He had offered to help capture the snake, which had been spotted several times near the hotel, assistant manager Agung Bawa said.

The security man managed to capture the snake's head and tail, and lifted it on to his shoulders, but the python wrapped itself around his body and strangled him, Bawa said.

The snake then escaped into nearby bushes, and police have not located it. Bawa said:

"It happened so fast. We were sad because we could not do anything to help him."

Calls for Govt to help Bali death sentence woman

A human rights charity has called for the Government to "step in" and help a British grandmother who lost her appeal against a death sentence for trafficking drugs into Bali.

This will be devastating for Lindsay and her family, following months of torment throughout the appeals process.

Without a lawyer to seek the new evidence needed for the Courts to re-review her sentence and prepare her clemency petition, Lindsay faces extremely difficult decisions.

We hope that the British government will step in to ensure that Lindsay is at least provided with a lawyer to help her avoid execution.

– Zoe Bedford, Casework lawyer at Reprieve

Foreign Office will 'consider how to support' Sandiford

The Foreign Office said it would "consider how to support any application for judicial review or clemency" that Lindsay Sandiford makes after she lost her appeal against a death sentence for drug trafficking.

British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford received the death sentence.
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford received the death sentence. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer Indonesia

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said: "We are aware that Lindsay Sandiford's appeal to the Indonesian Supreme Court has been denied.

"We will continue to provide consular assistance to Lindsay Sandiford and her family at this difficult time."

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Brit grandmother loses death sentence appeal

A British grandmother has lost her appeal against a death sentence for drugs trafficking in Bali, a spokesman for the Supreme Court in Jakata confirmed.

A three-judge panel at the court unanimously rejected Lindsay Sandiford's appeal, Ridwan Mansur said.

Lindsay Sandiford at a previous court hearing.
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford at a previous court hearing. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer Indonesia

The judges agreed with the decision taken by Bali's Denpasar district court, which sentenced Sandiford to death, and the island's high court, which rejected her first appeal.

Under Indonesian law, Sandiford still has the opportunity to seek a judicial review of her case before appealing for a presidential pardon.

British gran one of four Brits jailed over Bali drugs

Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced to death in January.
Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced to death in January. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer Indonesia

Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced to death after being found guilty of drug trafficking in January.

Julian Ponder, from Brighton, was jailed for six years for possessing drugs.
Julian Ponder, from Brighton, was jailed for six years for possessing drugs. Credit: ITV News

Sandiford's alleged accomplice, Julian Ponder, from Brighton, was jailed for six years in Bali after being cleared of drugs smuggling but convicted of possessing drugs. He remains in jail.

Read: Bali drugs Brit jailed for six years

Rachel Dougall with her translator in a Bali court in December.
Rachel Dougall with her translator in a Bali court in December. Credit: Reuters

His partner, Rachel Dougall, also from Brighton, received a one-year jail term and has now returned to the UK after serving her sentence.

Paul Beales was a long-time Bali resident.
Paul Beales was a long-time Bali resident. Credit: ITV News

Paul Beales, a long-time Bali resident, was sentenced to four years in prison for possession of hashish. He remains in jail.

British woman 'loses appeal against death sentence'

The Foreign Office is seeking confirmation that a British grandmother has lost her appeal against a death sentence for trafficking drugs into the resort island of Bali.

We are aware of unconfirmed reports that the decision of the Indonesian Supreme Court has been announced. We are seeking confirmation of the decision from the Indonesian Supreme Court.

We will continue to provide consular assistance to Lindsay Sandiford and her family at this difficult time.

– Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman
Tyne Tees

Lindsay Sandiford loses second appeal

A woman from Teesside appears to have lost her second, and possibly final, appeal against a death sentence in Indonesia.

Lindsay Sandiford faces a firing squad after being convicted of drug smuggling in January.

The 57-year-old from Redcar had been arrested at Bali Airport after drugs were found in her luggage.

Lindsay Sandiford is facing the death penalty in Indonesia Credit: ITV News

The Foreign Office has told ITV News that they are checking reports that her final appeal has been rejected,

If this is the case, her last hope would be a presidential reprieve.

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