Four foreign inmates break out of Bali jail using tunnel

An Australian jailed for a year for using another man’s passport is among four people who escaped from Bali’s notorious Kerobokan jail.

The others are cited as Australian Shaun Edward Davidson jailed for passport fraud, Bulgarian Dimitar Nikolov imprisoned for ATM theft, and Indian national Sayed Muhammad, also in jail for meth smuggling.

“The tunnel is about 12 meters (39 ft) long and we suspect it took more than a week to build”, he told Reuters. Iliev, 43, was serving seven-year sentence for money laundering, while King, 50, had been serving seven and a half for drug offences as well.

Officials said prison guards became aware of the escape while conducting a morning check of inmates at the Kerobokan jail in Bali’s capital, Denpasar.

Shaun Edward Davidson, from Perth, was serving a 12-month sentence after being convicted in September previous year of using fraudulent travel documents.

The Indonesian police believe that the men are still in Bali and not far from the prison.

“It is still being investigated whether they had escaped through the waste ground tunnel behind the clinic”.

Shaun Davidson is among four prisoners who have escaped from Kerobokan Jail in Bali.

He was sentenced to one year in prison and fined 100 million rupiah (AU$10,000), but he opted to serve extra five months instead of paying the fine.

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

Prison escapes in Indonesia are not unusual.

In May, in another Sumatran facility, Pekanbaru, 442 prisoners made a run for it following allegations of guards charging people for cells in the chronically overcrowded facility.

Prison escapes are fairly common in Indonesia and authorities launched an investigation last month after around 350 inmates broke out of an overcrowded jail on Sumatra island in Riau Province.