Nearly Free

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.

Full Article 2014, Schapelle Corby’s freedom hopes lifted,, viewed 21 January 2014, 

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