Schapelle Corby lands in Australia


As he spoke with media outside the house, Mercedes Corby was heard shouting from inside: "Get away from our house. stop perving. and get the cameras out please".

Schapelle Corby (left) posted this photo of herself and her sister on Instagram as they were preparing to leave Bali.

As Corby remained holed up in her Kuta villa in the days before "D-day", as it is known here, anticipation built to a fever pitch. Within hours that figure had swollen to 30,000-and-growing.

She will then board a flight, likely to Brisbane.

Schapelle wrote: "Going to miss these two".

On the eve of her deportation, Corby set up a public Instagram account with a sparkly profile picture of her with pink flowers in her hair, which by 10pm Bali time had nearly 70,000 followers. She was convicted the following year, never admitting guilt and claiming to have been set up.

Corby was required to attend at the prosecutor's office one last time but a stand off with officials continues in regard to that and it appears unlikely she will report there today.

Corby's case and that of the so-called Bali Nine, who were arrested in 2005 on charges of smuggling heroin from Indonesia into Australia had enormous resonance as a domestic political issue in Australia.

"She's healthy", he said, giving no further details.

The family called for privacy as the convicted drug smuggler tries to settle back into life in Queensland.

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ABC News reported that Schapelle Corby's home will receive extra police protection ahead of her long-awaited return home. His parents and members of the Where's William campaign believe he could still be alive.

Once on a main road the auto was escorted by two armoured vehicles.

He said once Corby signs her release she will be handed over to immigration officers who will escort her out of the country.

Now a free woman, the 39-year-old who once described the media as exploitative began posting images on instagram on Saturday.

Armed police vehicles complete a practice run to the parole offices in Denpasar, where Corby will have to sign papers before being deported. "Today, Corby is free".

"We were quite shocked that she was on our flight", they said.

Her final day on the Indonesian island was a blaze of media attention, as she was hustled out of a villa with her face hidden under a scarf, and then chased by a huge pack of journalists across Bali before boarding a flight home.

In a final twist, she managed to outsmart the media by heading back to Brisbane on a different flight than had been widely expected, apparently to avoid travelling with a large contingent of reporters.

Now she is back on Australian soil, Corby can speak freely but not for profit, with proceed of crime laws meaning she cannot sell her story. Ms Bonella was dining with her in Seminyak one night when she saw people at the table of Aussies had suddenly split apart so the person pretending to take their photo could get Corby in the shot.