The 41-year-old, who was the only woman in the failed 2005 plot to smuggle 8.3kg of heroin into Australia, is the first to be released from prison.
Just after 6pm Bali time (8pm Sydney time) she was seen leaving the prison in the back of a police vehicle headed to Denpasar airport — the very place she was arrested, reports news.com.au.
She is expected to fly back to Australia on a flight on Wednesday evening.
News Corp journalist Cindy Wockner, who is at the prison, spoke to the jail doctor. He said Lawrence told him she was "sad and afraid" when she said goodbye to her friends on the inside. "But she is happy for sure."
A prison spokesman said on Wednesday evening that the final paperwork for her release had been signed.
She needed immigration forms to enable her to travel across the Indonesian island to the airport.
She is expected to fly either to Brisbane or Sydney. There is a Virgin Australia flight and a flight from local airline Malindo Air from Bali to Brisbane on Wednesday evening and four to Sydney from Qantas, Virgin, Jetstar and Indonesian airline Garuda.
"This is the paperwork needed for Renae Lawrence to leave Indonesia immediately. This paper says she is now a free woman".
Lawrence was expected to be released from prison last night but it was changed to daylight hours. She is now unlikely to fly out until tonight as there are no commercial flights to Sydney until this evening.
When she returns home, she is expected to face a NSW court over an alleged high speed chase in a stolen car on the NSW Central Coast in March 2005.
"I can confirm there's two outstanding arrest warrants for her and 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 yesterday.
The two outstanding arrest warrants are for offences including stealing a motor vehicle, driving while unlicensed, speeding and failing to comply with police directions.
Lawrence had been due to face court over the pursuit, but she was arrested with the heroin strapped to her back and legs at Bali's airport, along with eight other Australians attempting to smuggle the drug.
Unlike her conspirators, Lawrence did not appeal her 20 year sentence. While they saw their prison time increased — or the death penalty imposed — she remained on her original sentence.
Lawrence was originally incarcerated at the notorious Kerobokan prison in Bali's capital of Denpasar, with the other members of the group. But in 2014 she was moved away from the tough confines of Kerobokan to Bangli prison.
As she leaves jail, Lawrence will be able to take a few handicrafts she has made with her.
Mr Suwendra praised Lawrence for being co-operative and quiet during the years she spent in custody.
She had made friends among other prisoners and contributed to prison life.
"It is time for her to be freed," he said.
Chrissy Teigen has always been an advocate for body positivity, but the model admits even she — like anybody — has some insecurities.
The 32-year-old revealed to Ellen DeGeneres on "The Ellen Show" this week that she has a problem with bare feet, particularly her own. Teigen pointed out her "horrible feet" on the show, laughing as the camera zoomed in.
"I have Asian jungle feet, like were meant to climb trees," Teigen said, twisting her body away from the camera.
"[The contract stated]: No feet — like, I would bury them in the sand," Teigen explained, noting that she often tries to avoid having them featured.
Teigen said her husband, John Legend, often jokes about her feet.
"John always says if I die ... all he has to do in the morgue — instead of lifting up the sheet on the face — he'll just do it the other way. He can tell by my feet," she said.
Smiling, DeGeneres replied, "Aw, y'all are adorable."
Teigen then transitioned to discuss her upcoming NBC holiday special with Legend called "A Legendary Christmas with John & Chrissy," scheduled to air on Nov. 28. The crowd awwed as a photo of Teigen and her beau donning Santa costumes was featured on a big screen.
But DeGeneres eventually brought the conversation back to Teigen's feet.
"That's great ... look at your feet there," DeGeneres said.
As per her contract, Teigen confirmed they were retouched in the photo.
"You retouch your feet?" DeGeneres asked.
"Absolutely!" Teigen said. "You know how people do their butt and their face? I just go straight foot."
Teigen's fans had the "Cravings: Hungry for More" author's back, assuring Teigen she had nothing to worry about.
"She's adorable!" another exclaimed.
"Why don't you like this beautiful pair of feet??" one user asked.
James Wiseman “Rolls The Dice” By Picking Memphis Over Kentucky
By LARRY VAUGHT
About a year ago I was at Marshall County Hoopfest and found myself in the hospitality room with Penny Hardaway, the former NBA great who then was the coach at Memphis East High School.
His star player, 6-11 junior James Wiseman, had been John Calipari’s top recruiting target for almost two years then. I remember asking Hardaway what made Wiseman so special that Calipari had already invested so much time recruiting him.
“James is an outside-player. Highly skilled,” Hardaway said. “He does a lot of things really well. The one thing he does do is run the floor very well and he is a really good midrange shooter. He seals down on the post. It’s hard to pick one thing because he does so many things well.
“He is a kid that plays with a chip on his shoulder. He knows what he wants in life to make it to the next level and he is not going to go out there and do anything halfway. Everything he does, he goes 100 percent. Nobody has to go out there and really push him. He is going to go out there and work his butt off because he wants to make it to the NBA.”
Wiseman was the first player in the 2019 recruiting class to get a scholarship offer from Kentucky. Assistant coach Joel Justus went to Argentina to watch Wiseman in the FIBA Under 16 Championship before his junior season. Wiseman visited UK for Big Blue Madness in 2017.
Now instead of heading to Kentucky to play for Calipari as many had expected with the recruiting effort UK put into Wiseman, the Memphis East senior is going to play his college basketball at Memphis for Hardaway. The former NBA star got the head coaching job at the school where he played when Tubby Smith was fired after last season.
Immediately speculation started that Wiseman, who moved from Nashville to Memphis to play for Hardaway in high school, would end up playing for Hardaway in college. Tuesday that became fact when Wiseman picked Memphis just a little over a week before he’s scheduled to be back at the Marshall County Hoopfest playing Dec. 1.
Wiseman’s loss is a bitter pill for UK fans considering that in the 2018 recruiting class Kentucky thought it was in great shape with Zion Williamson before he picked Duke. Wiseman’s no to UK continued a trend where Calipari has not a top-five recruit in his last four recruiting classes after getting 10 in his first seven classes at Kentucky.
It’s not like Kentucky’s recruiting has been bad. It’s just not been John Wall-Anthony Davis good. It’s not been like what Duke did this year with the nation’s top three recruits who could be the top three picks in the 2019 NBA draft.
Sporting News columnist Mike DeCourcy understands the concern Kentucky fans have about top players not picking UK. However, he’s also perplexed about why top players, especially big guys, would go anywhere else.
“It astonishes me when a big guy Kentucky wants does not go to Kentucky given Kentucky’s success over the last decade with bigs,” said DeCourcy.
He listed DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, Karl-Anthony Towns, Nerlens Noel, Willie Cauley-Stein and Bam Adebayo as players who have flourished playing for Calipari.
“It amazes me that anybody with the talent Wiseman has would roll the dice to go play for a guy that has coached (college basketball) for a month,” DeCourcy said. “I respect Penny. I lived in Memphis and know how that basketball program matters to the city. But James moved to Memphis. He’s not a life-long Memphian. I think he is taking a chance. He will probably be fine because he’s a terrific talent, but he’s still taking a chance I don’t quite understand.”
So do Kentucky fans need to worry that Calipari is missing out on the elite, top-ranked players in consistent recruiting classes now and is now favored currently to land any of the top bigs in the 2019 class? Does Kentucky need to make changes to its recruiting approach? Has Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski stole Calipari’s thunder and recruiting touch with the nation’s best players?
“I think we have seen over the last year plus that recruiting is more involved than many sometimes realized,” DeCourcy said referring to the FBI investigation into college basketball recruiting. “We all knew certain things were going on in certain places but you now see there are obstacles coaches have to confront and decide whether they want to make concessions to deal with young athletes or the people around them.
“I think in the end what we have seen over the last decade is that John Calipari has been very successful recruiting and coaching and he will continue to be very successful.”
Maybe just not as successful as getting the one or two elite players every year as he was earlier at Kentucky.