Four foreign inmates escape Bali jail using tunnel

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An Australian man has allegedly escaped Bali's Kerobokan prison, after he and three other foreign inmates are believed to have dug a 12-metre long tunnel underneath one of the jail's walls, police say.

DENPASAR, Indonesia 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.

He identified the four as 33-year-old Shaun Edward Davidson of Australia, 43-year-old Dimitar Nikolov Iliev of Bulgaria, 31-year-old Sayed Mohammed Said of India and 50-year-old Malaysian Tee Koko King bin Tee Kim Sai.

"The tunnel is about 12 meters (39 ft) long and we suspect it took more than a week to build", he told Reuters.

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The four men were serving sentences for different crimes, from immigration rules violation to drug crimes, Widjaja said.

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

Davidson has just two months and 15 days left of his sentence to serve, at which point he would have faced deportation.

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