U.S. citizen on the run after busting out of Bali prison

U.S. citizen on the run after busting out of Bali prison

A United States man convicted on drugs charges escaped Bali's notorious Kerobokan jail in an early Monday morning jailbreak with another American prisoner who was caught nearly immediately, an official said.

Beasley was arrested in August at a post office in the Kuta tourist area of Bali with a package containing 5.7 grams of hashish. Indonesian police are hunting for Beasley who escaped Monday from the overcrowded and understaffed Kerobokan prison.

Indonesia has very strict anti-drugs laws and frequently arrests foreigners on related charges.

Beasley and the other inmate reportedly escaped by climbing over the prison wall with a ladder from a construction project within the prison.

"It is thought that the prisoner escaped ... by cutting through the steel bars above the ceiling", he said in a statement.

Beasley, 32, from California, is believed to have then used a rope to climb down a wall before getting over a perimeter wall in an area being refurbished.


The other prisoner, also from the U.S., has been named by media as 57-year-old Paul Anthony Hoffman who was serving a 20-month sentence for armed robbery.

It was the second escape from the prison in Bali's capital, Denpasar, since June, when four foreign inmates escaped through a drainage tunnel.

Kerobokan prison is also where some of the so-called Bali nine are held, a group of Australians convicted of drug-smuggling.

A United States citizen has become the latest inmate to escape from Kerobokan prison in Bali.

Jailbreaks are common in Indonesia, where prisons are overcrowded with people convicted of drug crimes as part of the government's anti-drug crusade.

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