Timor Leste recaptures two inmates who escaped from Bali jail

Photographs of the four foreign prisoners who escaped from Bali's Kerokoban Prison posted at a convenient store on June 20, 2017. Bulgarian Dimitar Nikolov Iliev and Indian Sayed Mohammed Said were nabbed in  Dili.
Photographs of the four foreign prisoners who escaped from Bali's Kerokoban Prison posted at a convenient store on June 20, 2017. Bulgarian Dimitar Nikolov Iliev and Indian Sayed Mohammed Said were nabbed in Dili.PHOTO: EPA
An Indonesian worker draining a tunnel, which was reportedly used by four foreign prisoners to escape from Bali's Kerokoban Prison on June 19, 2017.
An Indonesian worker draining a tunnel, which was reportedly used by four foreign prisoners to escape from Bali's Kerokoban Prison on June 19, 2017.PHOTO: EPA
 A file photo of the front gate of Kerobokan prison in Bali, Indonesia taken on Feb 25, 2012.
A file photo of the front gate of Kerobokan prison in Bali, Indonesia taken on Feb 25, 2012.PHOTO: EPA

DILI (REUTERS) - Police in Timor Leste on Thursday (June 22) captured two foreign inmates who escaped from a prison on the Indonesian island of Bali this week by crawling through a tunnel under the walls, the police chief said.

Police said they had captured Bulgarian Dimitar Nikolov Iliev and Indian Sayed Mohammed Said near a port area in the Timor Leste capital of Dili after the two had arrived on a motor boat from Bali, which is more than 1,000km to the west.

"The two Indonesian police fugitives were involved in money laundering and narcotics," Timor Leste police chief Julio da Costa Hornay told reporters. "Indonesian police had provided information via an official letter to East Timor police to recapture them," he added.

Iliev and Said escaped from Bali's Kerobokan prison with two other inmates, Australian Shaun Edward Davidson and Malaysian Tee Kok King, on Sunday night by crawling through a 12m long tunnel.

Hornay said Timor Leste's attorney general's office would decide if the two would be sent back to Indonesia.