Two foreign inmates who escaped Bali’s Kerobokan prison captured in East Timor

An Australian - who was going to be freed within months - and a Malaysian inmate are still on the run

PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 June, 2017, 12:57pm
UPDATED : Friday, 23 June, 2017, 12:57pm

Two foreign inmates who tunnelled their way out of a Bali prison have been captured in East Timor, police said Friday, in the latest prison break case in Indonesia.

Bulgarian Dimitar Nikolov Iliev and Indian Sayed Mohammed Said were caught at a hotel in Dili Thursday morning after arriving on a boat illegally from Indonesia.

They had escaped from Kerobokan prison Monday along with two other inmates, Australian Shaun Edward Davidson and Malaysian Tee Kok King.

The pair were originally caught for entering East Timor without legal documents, said East Timor senior police official Henrique da Costa, but police later concluded the pair were two of the four Bali fugitives.

“We will most likely hand them back to the Indonesia Friday afternoon now that we know they are fugitives,” da Costa said.

The four foreign inmates escaped Bali’s prison through a 50 x 75cm hole at the prison’s wall that connects to a 15-metre long water tunnel heading towards a main street.

Davidson - who was going to be freed within months - and the Malaysian inmate are still on the run.

The Bali jailbreak came days after dozens of prisoners swam through flood waters to escape an Indonesian jail in Jambi province after one of its walls collapsed. Most were later recaptured.

In May, more than 440 inmates fled a prison in Pekanbaru City on the island of Sumatra after prison guards let them out of their cells to pray. Only about half were caught.