Bali Nine drug smuggler Renae Lawrence is set to be released from prison in Indonesia within days – after spending 13 years locked up for heroin trafficking.
The impending release of the 41-year-old would mean she is the only member of the notorious syndicate to leave prison in Bali alive.
Lawrence has been behind bars in Bali’s Bangli jail since she was convicted of attempting to smuggle 2.6kg of heroin into Australia through Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport on April 17, 2005.
The drugs were found strapped to her body – and the bodies of three other drug mules – after the Australian Federal Police tipped off Indonesian authorities.
Bali Nine member Renae Lawrence is set to be released from prison in Indonesia
Two separate sources have confirmed to 10 Daily News that the sole female member of the drug trafficking group will be released from jail by the end of the month, with a provisional date set for November 21.
Bali’s head of Board Corrections, I Made Badra, told the publication that his team are working with the Australian consulate on Lawrence’s release.
‘On the day of her release, we’ll take her to Denpasar Immigration for her passport and plane ticket,’ he said.
Lawrence could have been freed from prison in May but couldn’t make the $100,000 payment and opted to remain in jail for another six months.
Bali’s head of Board Corrections, I Made Badra, said his team are working with the Australian consulate on Lawrence’s release
Fellow Bali Nine members Myuran Sukumaran and Chan were executed by firing squad in 2015, while Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen died from cancer earlier this year.
Lawrence hopes to work when she returns to Australia but believes it may not be easy to find an employer that will take on an ex-prisoner.
‘In Australia, it’s difficult because we already have the status of prisoner,’ Lawrence told News Corp in August.
‘If the owner of the company is a kind person and can accept us but that person rarely exists.’
She was the only Bali Nine member to not receive life imprisonment and has been making the most of the rehabilitation programs while in jail.
Lawrence hopes to work when she returns to Australia but believes it may not be easy to find an employer that will take on an ex-prisoner