Australian Drug Suspect Arrested in Bali After Trying to Flee

Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said that Bali is ready to welcome foreign tourists during peak travel season from the end of November to January 2018 to achieve the 2017 target of drawing 15 million tourists to Indonesia. (Antara Photo/Fikri Yusuf)

By : Dames Alexander Sinaga | on 10:45 AM October 12, 2017
Category : News, Crime, Narcotics

Jakarta. Bali Police have arrested an Australian citizen for illegal possession of marijuana, a police official said on Wednesday (11/10).

Prior to the arrest, Joshua James Baker, 37, was held by customs and border protection officers at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali, on Monday.

Bali Police spokesman Adj. Sr. Comr. Hengky Widjaja said the suspect was brought from the airport to a police hospital for medical check-up.

"Joshua said he was not feeling well. He was guarded by two police officers and accompanied by a lawyer," Hengky told the Jakarta Globe.

On Tuesday afternoon, Baker reportedly went to the hospital's toilet, but did not return. After 20 minutes the guards became suspicious and broke the door, realizing that he had fled, Hengky said.

"The glass window in the restroom was open and it's suspected to be his escape route," he said, adding that the fugitive was soon captured by the National Police's Counter Transnational and Organized Crime (CTOC) taskforce.

"At about 2 p.m., we re-arrested the suspect at Berawa Beach in Canggu, Badung district, in the lobby of Hotel LV8, while he was ordering food and drinks," Hengky said.

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