Shaun Edward Davidson, right, going into a holding cell after being sentenced to a year’s jail minus time served in September last year. Photo: Amilia RosaEast Timorese police do not believe Kerobokan jail escapee Shaun Davidson is in East Timor, saying only two of the four foreign prisoners who escaped crossed from Indonesia.
Davidson, a 33-year-old from Perth, and Malaysian Tee Kok King remain at large a day after two of their fellow escapees werearrested in a luxury resort in Dili, the capital of East Timor.
Bulgarian DimitarIliev, who was serving seven years for ATM fraud, and Indian Sayed Mohammad Said, jailed for 14 years for drug offences, were arrested on Thursday at the 4½-star Novo Turismo Resort and Spa.
Bali police chief PetrusReinhard Golose flew into Dilion Friday to make arrangements for their return to Indonesia.
The two prisonerswould be processed for illegal entry and then handed over to Indonesian authorities.
Chief Superintendent Henrique da Costa from the East Timor police said “only two” of the escapees had crossed to Indonesia and confirmed they had split up in Indonesia.
Iliev and Said had come on a charter boat from the Indonesian island of Alor in East Nusa Tenggara on June 21 and did not pass through immigration.
“They found some place to get out and then came to the hotel,” Mr Da Costa told Fairfax Media.
He said East Timor police had been keeping an eye on foreigners entering Indonesia, in part due to information from Indonesia.
“We suspected them as foreigners, that’s why we asked to see their passports. When they showed their passport to us we found out their passport did not contain a stamp for entering the country.”
The receptionist at Novo Turismotold Fairfax Media the men had checked in using a Russian passport under the name of Nikolas Georgios.
“They looked like normal tourists,” he said. “They went to the restaurant, to the pool. We didn’t talk much, just said ‘hi’ when they passed by.”
Mr Da Costa said after the men were arrested they had received information from the Indonesian attache in East Timor thatthey were prisoners who had escaped from Kerobokan.
He said the two recaptured prisoners “don’t know” what happened to Davidson and Tee Kok King. They had also not talked about how they escaped.
“We only focused on the illegal entry,” he said.
The four prisoners were discovered missing from Kerobokan jail at the 8am head count on Monday.
They escaped by breaking a hole in the ceiling of their cell block and then crawling through a fetid 13-metre tunnel that was thought by prison authorities to be a septic tank.
Davidson had just 10 weeks to serve of his 12-month jail sentence for using another man’s passport.
He had an outstanding warrant in Australia for drug charges and had told fellow prisoners he intended to “do something” before his sentence ended to avoid being deported back to Australia.
The chief of police of the Badung regency of Bali, Yudith Satriya Hananta, said the two remaining prisoners were still on the run.
Bali corrections chief Surung Pasaribu said once the prisoners recaptured in East Timor were back in Indonesian custody, authorities would find out the route they used to escape.
“As the head of the investigation I can’t conclude the internal investigation until I meet with them face to face,” he said.
Mr Pasaribu said patrols were now deployed inside and outside Kerobokan prison’s walls to ensure there was not another underground escape. “Every square inch of the land is being inspected carefully,” he said.