Four foreign inmates escape Bali prison using 15-metre tunnel

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

Last week, 76 inmates escaped from a prison in Jambi province after floodwaters caused its fence to collapse.

Indonesian police have launched a search for four foreign inmates, who escaped from an overcrowded prison on the resort island of Bali by crawling through a narrow tunnel dug under the walls, authorities said on Monday.

The tunnel had a diameter of 50 x 75 cm (20 x 30 inches) and was found filled with water on Monday morning, Widjaja said.

"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.

Davidson, from Perth, had less than three months left of his sentence to serve.

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

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

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

He had been convicted of immigration violations and given a one-year sentence. At the time he was wanted on drugs charges in WA.

Bali Provincial Police Deputy Director for Special Crime, Rudi Setyawan said it was likely that the streets where they emerged were quiet but he hopes someone may have spotted something.

Prison escapes in Indonesia are not unusual.

"We conducted some action, as questioning some inmates in the same block with them and the prison guards on duty last night".

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.

  • Carolyn Briggs