Four foreign in­mates break out of Bali jail through hole in wall

The Scotsman - - World News - By MAR­GARET NEIGH­BOUR

Four foreign in­mates es­caped early yes­ter­day from a prison on the In­done­sian re­sort is­land of Bali, po­lice said.

Prison of­fi­cers be­came aware of the es­cape while con­duct­ing a morn­ing check of in­mates at the Ker­obokan pen­i­ten­tiary in Bali’s cap­i­tal, Denpasar, said Putu Ika Prabawa, an of­fi­cer at Bali’s Kuta Utara po­lice sta­tion.

Mr Prabawa said the four men were be­lieved to have es­caped through a 50-by70cm hole found in a wall that con­nects to a 15-me­tre-long wa­ter tun­nel head­ing to­ward a main street.

He iden­ti­fied the four es­capees as Shaun Ed­ward David­son, 33, of Aus­tralia; Dim­i­tar Nikolov Iliev, 43, of Bul­garia; Sayed Mo­hammed Said, 31, of In­dia; and Tee Koko King bin Tee Kim Sai, 50, of Malaysia.

David­son is serv­ing a oneyear sen­tence for an im­mi­gra­tion of­fence, while Iliev is serv­ing a seven-year sen­tence for money laun­der­ing and another of­fence.

Said and King are serv­ing 14 and seven years, re­spec­tively, for drug of­fences.

Mr Prabawa said po­lice have dis­trib­uted pictures of the es­caped in­mates to po­lice sta­tions across Bali.

Jail­breaks are com­mon in In­done­sia, where over­crowd­ing has be­come a prob­lem in pris­ons that are strug­gling to cope with poor fund­ing and an in­flux of peo­ple ar­rested in a war on drugs.

Most pris­on­ers in the coun­try have been con­victed on drug charges.

Last week, dozens of in­mates es­caped from an over­crowded prison in western In­done­sia af­ter floods caused a wall to col­lapse.

Tor­ren­tial rain overnight in­un­dated homes and build­ings in Jambi, the cap­i­tal of Jambi prov­ince on Su­ma­tra is­land.

Last month, more than 440 pris­on­ers es­caped from an over­crowded prison on Su­ma­tra is­land when they were let out of their cells to take part in Fri­day Mus­lim prayers.

In De­cem­ber last year a dozen armed men on mo­tor­cy­cles at­tacked a prison in cen­tral Mali, free­ing pris­on­ers and leav­ing at least one guard dead. The at­tack, which bore sim­i­lar­i­ties to other raids launched by al-qaeda-linked ji­hadists in the re­gion, took place near the town of Niono in the Se­gou re­gion. In Novem­ber a sim­i­lar as­sault on the town of Banamba saw de­tainees were freed when ex­trem­ists at­tacked the prison.

In July 2013, about 240 pris­on­ers, in­clud­ing sev­eral con­victed ter­ror­ists, es­caped dur­ing a deadly riot at a prison in Medan, the cap­i­tal of North Su­ma­tra prov­ince. 0 A lo­cal jour­nal­ist in­spects the exit hole of a tun­nel dug by es­capees by the perime­ter wall of the Ker­obokan prison

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