M'sian among four foreign inmates in Bali jailbreak

BALI: A Malaysian convict was among four prisoners who tunnelled their way out of the Kerobokan prison here yesterday, AFP reports.

Malaysian drugs prisoner Tee Kok King escaped with Bulgarian Dimitar Nikolov Iliev, who was sentenced to seven years prison for money laundering in 2016, Indian Sayed Mohammed Said who was in jail for a drugs offence and Australian Shaun Edward Davidson.

Tee, 48, was nabbed in January last year for smuggling syabu and was sentenced to seven years jail.

Davidson, 33, who was serving a one-year jail term for immigration offences, fled the prison even though he was due to be released in under three months, police said.

"It seems that they have escaped through a 50 x 75cm (20 x 30 inch) hole at the prison's outer wall which have led to their escape," Bali police spokesman Hengky Widjaja told AFP.

The daring jail-break is believed to have happened when the Muslim guards were performing morning prayers.

Increased checks in the airport, port and bus terminals are being launched to apprehend the prisoners,

The escape is the latest in a spate of audacious prison breaks in Indonesia where last week dozens of inmates swam out of a facility on another island during a flood.

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

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, when contacted by theSun, said although no details of the jailbreak was received by police from its Indonesian counterpart, entry points here will be put on alert just in case Tee attempts to slip into Malaysia.