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Bali Nine's Renae Lawrence Set To Be Released

After more than 13 years behind bars, Bali Nine drug smuggler Renae Lawrence is preparing to leave Indonesia and head home to Australia.

The Bali Nine member, 41, is expected to be released from Bangli Prison in Bali's mountainous east on Wednesday and board a flight to Sydney after completing her jail term for drug smuggling.

Lawrence, the only woman in the failed 2005 plot to smuggle 8.3kg of heroin into Australia, is the first to be released from prison.

She was originally given a 20-year sentence but served 13 years and seven months after numerous reductions for good behaviour.

The governor of Bangli Prison, where Lawrence spent the final years of her sentence, said he was unsure exactly when the former Newcastle resident would be taken to the airport.

No commercial flights to Sydney are due to depart Denpasar airport until late evening.

That may mean Lawrence swaps jail for immigration detention before her overnight flight home.


Prison governor Made Suwendra praised her for being co-operative and quiet, and contributing to prison life in Bangli.

He said he hoped she would be helped to integrate back into Australian life.

But before she reintegrates, Lawrence may have to answer to NSW police first over two arrest warrants that have been outstanding since her arrest in Bali in April 2005.

One alleges the former panel beater was involved in a high-speed chase in a stolen car on the Central Coast in March 2005.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller indicated a deal with her lawyers was more likely than handcuffs on the tarmac.

"From our perspective, we will make a time reasonable with her legal team to bring her in to have those warrants satisfied," he told reporters in Sydney on Tuesday.

Lawrence, who informally farewelled Bangli inmates and guards on Monday, is the only Bali Nine member to be freed.

Ringleaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were executed in 2015, Tan Duc Thahn Nguyen died of cancer in May this year, and five more men are serving life sentences.



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