Convicted Australian drug smugglers Schapelle Corby and Renae Lawrence have each had their sentences reduced at Bali’s Kerobokan Prison to mark Indonesia’s Independence Day.
Corby was handed a four-month remission while Lawrence, one of the so-called Bali Nine, was given a five-month cut.
They are among 321 people in Bali’s Kerobokan Prison to receive sentence remissions, prison chief Siswanto said at a ceremony this morning.
“They received these remissions because they have served more than two years of their sentences and they have behaved well in prison,” he said.
Corby received a lesser reduction for allegedly keeping a mobile phone in her jail cell.
Corby, 32, was sentenced to 20 years’ jail after she was caught at Bali’s airport in October 2004 with 4.1 kilograms of marijuana in her boogie board bag.
Lawrence, also 32, was sentenced to 20 years’ jail for her role in the failed Bali Nine plot to smuggle more than 8kg of heroin from Bali to Australia in 2005.
The other members of the Bali Nine were not eligible for remissions because they are either on death row or serving life sentences.
Indonesia traditionally cuts jail terms on Independence Day and some religious holidays.