A French drug smuggler has been freed on parole after more than 14 years in an Indonesian prison, a rare early release of a foreigner that raises hopes for Australian inmate Schapelle Corby.
Michael Blanc was arrested the day after Christmas in 1999 at the airport on the resort island of Bali with 3.8 kilograms of hash hidden in diving canisters.
The 40-year-old, who has always maintained his innocence, was originally given a life sentence under Indonesia’s tough anti-drugs laws, which provoked outrage in his native France.
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