Schapelle Corby's parole due within three days

Australian drug smuggler Schapelle Corby during a ceremony inside Kerobokan prison. Photo / AFP
Australian drug smuggler Schapelle Corby during a ceremony inside Kerobokan prison. Photo / AFP

Indonesia's justice minister has announced he hopes to sign parole documents for Schapelle Corby within three days.

Amir Syamsuddin told reporters in Jakarta this afternoon that he hoped to make a decision on Corby's case for parole by the weekend.

"There are 1700 prisoners who are being processed by the parole board and they've been finished by the parole board," he said.

"We just need to review that.

"I promise within three days, Insha'Allah (God willing), I will finish it."

Corby, 36 was convicted in 2005 for attempting to smuggle four kilograms of marijuana into Bali in a bodyboard bag.

After nine years behind bars for drug smuggling, she is inching towards parole.

Her case was heard in Jakarta last week, but it's not known if the recommendation to Syamsuddin was for or against parole.

The minister confirmed Corby was "eligible" for parole, but he wasn't clear whether that was the recommendation given to him.

"As long as she follows all the regulations based on the parole board recommendations, she's eligible to get her rights in accordance to the existing regulations," he said.

Mr Syamsuddin said the 1700 cases before him must be processed together, and treated equally.

He wanted to finish them "before the end of this week," not only for Corby's sake but the others, too.

Corby's 20-year sentence was slashed by five years in 2012 when she was granted clemency by Indonesian President Yudhoyono last May on humanitarian grounds, after claiming she was suffering from a mental illness that could endanger her life.

If released, she is likely to stay in Bali while on parole.

- nzherald.co.nz, AAP

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