In­dian, 3 oth­ers dig their way out of jail

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - World -

THE FOR­EIGN­ERS WERE SERV­ING SEN­TENCES FOR DIF­FER­ENT CRIMES, FROM IM­MI­GRA­TION RULES VI­O­LA­TION TO DRUG CRIMES, WIDJAJA SAID

In­done­sian po­lice have launched a search for four foreign in­mates who es­caped from an over­crowded prison on the re­sort is­land of Bali by crawl­ing through a nar­row tun­nel dug un­der the walls, au­thor­i­ties said on Mon­day.

“The tun­nel is about 12 me­tres long and we sus­pect it took more than a week to build,” the head of Ker­obokan prison Tony Naing­golan said, adding that po­lice be­lieved the men were still in Bali and not far from the prison.

The four are Aus­tralian Shaun Ed­ward David­son, Bul­gar­ian Dim­i­tar Nikolov Iliev, In­dian Sayed Muham­mad Said and Malaysian Tee Kok King, Bali po­lice spokesman Hengky Widjaja said. The tun­nel had a di­am­e­ter of 50 x 75 cm (20 x 30 inches) and was found filled with wa­ter on Mon­day morn­ing, Widjaja said.

Ker­obokan houses a fairly large num­ber of foreign in­mates, given Bali’s sta­tus as an in­ter­na­tional hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion and trans­port hub.

The men were serv­ing sen­tences for dif­fer­ent crimes, from im­mi­gra­tion rules vi­o­la­tion to drug crimes, Widjaja said. The 31-year-old In­dian Said had 12 years and 3 months to serve for drug of­fences. The head of the prison said that 10 guards were on duty on Sun­day night.REUTERS

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