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Three dead as violent riots erupt at Bali's Kerobokan prison

Bali's Kerobokan Prison
Bali's Kerobokan Prison
Three people are said to be dead after riots broke out in Bali's Kerobokan prison, where Australians are among the inmates.

Two groups of inmates clashed around 3pm on Thursday, prison authorities say, claiming the lives of three inmates, according to Daily Telegraph

Earlier reports from AAP had only confirmed two deaths.

Two others are reportedly serious injured. 

A water canon, ambulance and bomb squad vehicle were on site and prison guards had been evacuated from the jail, a 30-minute drive north of Kuta. 

Bambang Yugisworo, head of detectives at Bali Provincial Police, told reporters police were negotiating with prisoners to calm the situation.

'So far, from the report I received, there's no damage or fire,' he said.

'Inmates have died, but I don't know exactly yet how many and they've been evacuated to the hospital.

'We're still investigating the root of the problem.' 

Australian inmates are all reportedly safe and uninjured.

According to local media, Tribun Bali, the prison is still tense. 

Members from a notorious gang in Bali heard of a fight inside and arrived with machetes, knives and samurai swords, Daily Telegraph reported. 

The fight is thought to have been between rival gangs Laskar Bali and Baladika.

Baladika's I Putu Sumariana, known as Robot, who was serving time for murder, died with a wound to his stomach. 

Dore, another Baladika member, was stabbed and died in hospital, Daily Telegraph reported.

Another man reportedly died around 1.5 kilometres from the prison when the fight continued outside the prison.

Among the inmates, three members of Australia's Bali Nine, Si Yi Chen, Michael Czugaj and Matthew Norman, are serving life imprisonment at Kerobokan for the 2005 botched drug trafficking.

Perth man Joshua Terelinck, 33, is serving at the prison for dangerous driving after local man Putu Agnus Andryatna, 22, was killed in a motorcycle crash in July. 

He is serving two months and 15-days jail and is due for release next week.

Terelinck had paid nearly $6,000 in compensation to the victim's family, who didn't want to press charges and gave evidence to the court in his defence.

Mr Anryatna was reportedly conscious following the crash but died in hospital eight days later to his injuries.

Terelinck returned to Bali upon hearing of his death because it was the right thing to do, he said.

Nicholas Langan, 25, has been jailed at Kerobokan for a year after he was arrested in January for drug consumption.

He was arrested at Canggu beach after midnight on January 27 for sharing a marijuana joint. 

He gave a long apology during the trial and said he had been trying to overcome his marijuana addiction. 


Source: Mail Online, December 17, 2015

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