A couple of American men escaped a Bali prison yesterday in true Hollywood style, by sowing through the iron ceiling bars of their cell and then throwing a rope out of the wall. One of them has been caught, whilst a manhunt is underway for the other one.
Mr Chrishan Beasley, 32-years-old, was arrested in August of this year, for being found at a Bali post office with a package containing 5.7 grams of hashish, a drug made from cannabis. In western Europe, 5 grams is the legal amount you can transport for personal use through various countries in the Shengen area, in certain parts in Asia, it’s the amount that gets you in trouble. In Russia, even a gram is enough to land you in prison. In the US, regulation enters into force as soon as you carry more than 28 grams (1 ounce) over the age of 21.
Be that as it may, Mr Beasley was sent to prison where he met up with another American, Mr Anthony Hoffman, 57-years-old, who was serving a 20-month sentence for robbing a number of convenience stores at knifepoint.
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The head of Kerobokan prison, Mr Tonny Nainggolan declared that both of them escaped around 4 am in the morning by sawing through a ceiling and jumping over a 20-foot wall.
Mr Nainggolan: "Paul was immediately recaptured by the locals who saw him trying to escape while Chrishan, who climbed up before him, managed to run away."
Guards admitted that the couple probably used a ladder from a construction project at the women’s section of the prison in order to escape.
The local Law and Human Rights Ministry claims there is a clear shortage of guards for the prison, as it was built to accommodate some 300 people but currently has almost 1,600 inmates.
The prison has had to cope with another outbreak over the summer when four foreign inmates from Australia, Bulgaria, India and Malaysia escaped together through a drainage tunnel. Of those four, two were recaptured in East Timor days later and were returned to Bali (Bulgarian Dimitar Nikolov Iliev and Indian Sayed Mohammed Said) whilst two others, Shaun Edward Davidson of Australia and Malaysian Tee Koko King bin Tee Kim Sai, are still on the run.