World Bali Nine’s Renae Lawrence feels ‘sad’ and ‘confused’ in the lead up to her release from prison, where she has spent more than 13 years for heroin trafficking

22:51  10 august  2018
22:51  10 august  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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The Bali Nine is the name given to a group of nine Australians convicted for attempting to smuggle 8.3 kg (18 lb) of heroin out of Indonesia in April 2005. The heroin was valued at around A million and was bound for Australia.

Renae Lawrence (born 11 October 1977) is an Australian former hospitality worker and panel beater who was convicted in Indonesia for drug trafficking as a member of the Bali Nine . In 2005, on her third trip to Bali , Lawrence was arrested at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar with 2.689 kg

Renae Lawrence looking at the camera: Convicted drug mule Renae Lawrence (pictured at her 2006 trial) will return to Australia when she's released from jail in November© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Convicted drug mule Renae Lawrence (pictured at her 2006 trial) will return to Australia when she's released from jail in November

Convicted drug mule Renae Lawrence has opened up about the mixed emotions she has about returning to Australia when she gets her first taste of freedom after 13 years.

The Bali Nine member, 41, has been behind bars in Bali since she was convicted of drug trafficking in 2005 for trafficking 2.7kg of heroin into Denpasar Airport.

Lawrence revealed to News Corp this week that she feels 'emotional' about her pending release from Bangli jail in November.

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Convicted drug mule Renae Lawrence has shown off her dancing skills in prison . She is serving a 20- year sentence for her role in the Bali Nine heroin smuggling. Lawrence , 41, is eligible for release from Indonesian jail as early as next month.

She said her emotions ranged from 'nervous' to 'happy, sad and confused'.

Fellow Bali Nine members Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan were executed by firing squad in 2015, while Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen died from cancer earlier this year.

'What about the others? Only I will be free. The others aren't free,' Lawrence told News Corp.

She 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.

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She has already shaved off more than five years for good behaviour since her imprisonment. With the sentence reductions, it is understood she could be released as early as next year . Lawrence was sentenced to 20 years in jail for her part in the 2004 Bali Nine heroin smuggling plot.

Criminal trial. Lawrence has admitted to her role in attempting to smuggle the drugs to Australia, saying before the Denpasar District Court Renae Lawrence hopes to confirm 20- year sentence, The Age, February 13 , 2006.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Renae Lawrence (pictured) hopes to get a job when she returns home© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Renae Lawrence (pictured) hopes to get a job when she returns home

'In Australia, it's difficult because we already have the status of prisoner,' Lawrence told News Corp.

'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.

She was originally sentenced to 20 years but has had her sentence gradually reduced through good behaviour.

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.

The former panel beater and hospitality worker from Newcastle, who converted to Hinduism, has been making the most of the rehabilitation programs while in jail.

She recently showed off her traditional Bali dancing skills and teaches classes to fellow inmates.

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