Bali Nine Member Renae Lawrence To Be Released Within Days
Bali Nine member Renae Lawrence is expected to be released from prison within weeks, after serving more than 13 years behind bars.
It would make the 41-year-old Newcastle woman the only member of the Bali Nine drug trafficking group to see freedom.
Two separate sources have confirmed to 10 News First that Lawrence will be released from Bali's Bangli jail by the end of the month.
A provisional date for her freedom has been put at November 21.
Speaking through an interpreter, Bali's head of Board Corrections, I Made Badra, confirmed that his team had been working with the Australian consulate on the logistics of Lawrence's release.
"On the day of her release, we'll take her to Denpasar Immigration for her passport and plane ticket with her status of deportation," I Made Badra told 10 News First.
Lawrence was sentenced to 20 years in prison for her role in the 2005 drug smuggling operation, when she was caught with 2.6 kilograms of heroin strapped to her body.
While she was no means a model prisoner, said Kathryn Bonella, author of several best-selling books on drug crime in Bali, she's "the lucky one" of the Bali Nine.
"Two were executed, one died in jail, and five are serving life sentences with, at this point in time, no light at the end of the tunnel," Bonella told 10 News First.
The ringleaders of the operation, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, were executed by firing squad in April 2015. Another member, Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen, died from stomach cancer earlier this year.
In 2013, Lawrence was found with a machete in her cell and was accused of plotting to kill a guard.
"She's done it tough," Bonella continued.
"Balinese jails are third world prisons. It's going to be very hard to adjust."
The only female member of the drug conspiracy to be caught, she could be the only one ever to return, said Bonella.
With Daniel Herry in Bali.
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