AMID reports of Schapelle Corby's imminent release, the governor of her jail in Indonesia says the Australian is in good health and socialising with other prisoners.
Gusti Ngurah Wiratna, the governor of Kerobokan prison in Bali, where Corby has been held since her arrest in 2004, told The Sun-Herald he needed an Australian government guarantee that she would abide by strict conditions before she could be granted parole.
Mr Wiratna said yesterday that Corby was "socialising much better now with the other prisoners".
"She's healthy," he said.
But Mr Wiratna said he had not even started the process by which a guarantee letter from the Australian government would be needed. "It's still a long way," he said.
Corby, 35, recently had her 20-year jail sentence for smuggling 4.1 kilograms of marijuana into Bali cut by five years. If she does not win parole but she continues to receive the maximum eight months a year in remission for her sentence, she could be free by as early as 2015.
Her bid for parole has the support of the Australian government but it has refused to give Indonesian authorities guarantees for her behaviour.
Late yesterday a government spokesman ruled this out.
"The Australian government can't give guarantees about the behaviour of Australians overseas, nor take legal responsibility," he said.
Corby has been eligible to apply for parole since the Indonesian President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, decided in May to cut five years from her prison term.