Inmates Transfer Turns to Riot in Bali's Kerobokan Prison


APRIL 22, 2016

Denpasar. The supposed transfer of 11 inmates, who were suspected of provoking a clash between rival gangs in Bali's Kerobokan prison last December, turned to a riot as fellow prisoners tried to refuse them entry to Bali’s notorious penitentiary on Thursday night (21/04).

The returning inmates were arrested for inciting a mass brawl inside and outside the Kerobokan prison, which left four people dead, last December.

Prisoners inside the prison, numbered in the hundreds, broke windows, threw stones and tried to kick out the returning inmates, who were previously kept at Denpasar Police’s detention facility.

No casualties were recorded during the incident but prison properties were damaged.

“These 11 inmates have now been returned to Denpasar Police’s detention facility to prevent more riots inside the prison,” Denpasar Police chief Sr. Comr. AA Made Sudana told reporters on Friday.

The police have also deployed dozens of extra personnel at the prison to avoid more incidents, Sudana said.

A total of 14 inmates were charged with provoking the clash at Kerobokan prison last December. The other three had already been returned several weeks earlier.

The clash last December broke out inside the prison between inmates from rival gangs Baladika and Laskar Bali. During the fight, some of the prisoners reportedly phoned for backup from their friends outside, who duly arrived and tried to storm the prison.

Fighting went on both inside the prison and on streets outside, ending up with four people killed.

Writing by Edo Karensa