Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Indian escapes from Bali prison

Indian escapes from Bali prison

"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.

Nainggolan said authorities believed the escapees had planned the escape for some time.

"It turned out it was a tunnel leading to the street", he said.

The four escapees were serving sentences for different crimes.

Australian Shaun Edward Davidson and the tunnel through which it is believed the Kerobokan inmates escaped.

The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) quoted a source as saying the escaped foreigners were last seen during sahur time, when Muslims eat to prepare for their Ramadan fast. "It is filled with water", the source said.

Malaysian man, Tee Kok King, 50, is understood to be serving seven and a half years for drug offences.

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Davidson is wanted in Perth, charged with possessing methamphetamine and cannabis.

When Davidson arrived in Bali in January 2015 he said he spent several months just "partying and boxing" before arousing the suspicion of authorities when he signed into a Kuta guest house under a passport with the name Michael John Bayman - claiming the photo was taken when he was "chubby".

Dimitar Nikolov Iliev, 43, from Bulgaria was serving a seven-year term for money laundering, alleged fellow escapee Saye Mohammed Said - a 31-year-old from India - was in the midst of a 14-year sentence for drugs.

Residents observe a hole on the ground through which four foreign inmates have escaped from Kerobokan prison in Bali, Indonesia, Monday, June 19, 2017.

The tunnel is just 40cm in diameter and ran from behind the jail clinic, under the jail wall to the outside, ironically just near the guard tower. As Reuters notes, prison escapes are fairly common in the Southeast Asian country.

Earlier in the month of May, about 200 prisoners broke out of an overcrowded jail on Sumatra island in May after being let out of cells for Friday prayers.

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