Another hurdle to Schapelle Corby's chances of being released this year has been removed after the Indonesian Government confirmed a decree introduced to the country's justice system won't apply to the Australian prisoner.
But speculation that the 35-year-old, who was convicted of drug trafficking in 2005 and jailed for 20 years, might be released as early as tomorrow appears dashed.
The best she can hope for is parole to be granted in coming weeks or months and to be able to taste freedom by Christmas. Now eligible for parole, after her original sentence was reduced by five years last year, Corby's release still depends on a number of bureaucratic processes being followed.
She won't, however, come under last year's decree that requires those up for parole to agree to identify any accomplices involved in their crime.
The Indonesian Government said the law was not retrospective and Corby's arrest for importing 4kg of cannabis at Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar was in October 2004.
The West Australian understands the Australian Government has had Corby's situation clarified by Indonesia in the past 48 hours.
While the parole processes have begun, Corby needs a clearance letter from Interpol saying she is not wanted for any other crime.
She also needs confirmation from the Indonesian Immigration Minister that when parole is granted, she can reside in the country with her sister Mercedes, who lives locally with her Balinese partner.
Ms Corby confirmed this week that parole officers had visited her home and her sister in prison.
She described the latest developments as another step forward.
Corby's official release date is around September 2017, but Indonesia has been granting sentence remissions on the country's independence day, which is tomorrow.The final say on if and when parole is granted rests with Indonesia's Justice Minister.