Malaysian who escaped Bali prison believed back in Malaysia

Tee-Kok-KingKUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian who escaped from a Bali prison in June is believed to be back in Malaysia.

According to a report in The Jakarta Post, Indonesian police have received information that Tee Kok King, who escaped from Bali’s Kerobokan Penitentiary with three other foreign inmates, may be back in Malaysia.

Tee, 50, was serving a seven and a half year sentence for a drug-related offence when he made his escape on June 19.

The Jakarta Post quoted Bali police chief Inspector-General Petrus Reinhard Golose as saying on Tuesday: “We have been coordinating with Malaysian authorities, as we suspect he is already in Malaysia.”

He said Malaysian authorities were willing to help find Tee.

However, there was an obstacle, Petrus said. If Tee is indeed in Malaysia, he cannot be extradited to Indonesia as Malaysian law prohibits citizens from being extradited.

“It is a real obstacle that the inmate is [probably] already in his country, but we will continue to cooperate with Malaysia,” The Jakarta Post quoted him as saying.

FMT had reported on June 23, that Malaysian police were on the alert for Tee and that officials at entry points in the country had been alerted to be on the look out for him.

Meanwhile, another escapee, Australian national Shaun Edward Davidson, Petrus said, was still believed to be in Indonesia.

Two other escapees, Bulgarian Dimitar Nikolov Iliev and Indian Sayed Muhammad Said, were arrested in Timor-Leste four days after their escape.

The four had escaped prison by crawling through a 15-metre long tunnel that led from the inside of the jail to just outside its wall.