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Nov 20, 2018

Renae Lawrence: Bali Nine member reportedly given new passport

Peter Dutton says he has no sympathy for Lawrence and she shouldn’t be shown leniency over outstanding warrants

The Australian Bali Nine member Renae Lawrence, who is set to be freed from jail after serving 13 years for drug-smuggling, has reportedly been issued a new passport to allow her return to Australia.

The 41-year-old is expected to fly to Sydney on Wednesday night.

She was arrested at Bali’s main airport in April 2005 with 2.7kg of heroin strapped to her body as part of a bid to smuggle a total of eight kilograms of heroin into Australia.

The former panel beater from Newcastle in New South Wales has been held in three different Bali prisons.

The most recent was Bangli prison, in mountainous eastern Bali, where local and foreign media crews have gathered.

On Wednesday morning, five police officers were seen entering the prison as part of a team to take Lawrence from the jail in a convoy.

Prison governor Made Suwendra has described Lawrence as a co-operative and quiet inmate who made friends with other prisoners and contributed to communal life in the penal institution, which is next to rice fields.

Lawrence is being allowed to take personal possessions, and handicrafts she made inside Bangli, back to Australia.
Her mother, Bev Waterman, and stepbrother Allan Waterman are already in Bali and will accompany

her on the flight home.

They have reportedly been given a new passport for Lawrence, provided by consular officials in Bali.

Members of the media at Bangli prison are waiting for Lawrence to emerge through prison gates, decorated by Balinese spirit guardian statues, for a 90-minute road trip to the island’s capital, Denpasar.

It is not yet clear whether officials will make public her specific flight details.

A local doctor who visits Bangli prison is reported to have prescribed “anti-depressants” to help Lawrence cope with anxiety ahead of her long-awaited chance for a new start in life.

When she returns, Lawrence is facing two arrest warrants from NSW police that have been outstanding since 2005

One warrant alleges she was involved in a high-speed chase in a stolen car.

But the NSW police commissioner, Mick Fuller, has indicated a deal with her lawyers was more likely than handcuffs on the tarmac.

On Wednesday the home affairs minister, Peter Dutton, said he had no sympathy for Lawrence and rejected suggestions she should be shown leniency.

“If you commit that offence, there is a heavy penalty to pay, and it doesn’t give you credit when you get back to Australia,” he told Sky News.

Five other Bali Nine members remain imprisoned in Bali, one died from cancer in May and the other two, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, were executed by firing squad in 2015.
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