JAKARTA – A United States national in jail for alleged drugs offenses escaped from Kerobokan prison on the Indonesian island of Bali on Monday, authorities said.
Christian Beasley, 32, sawed through the ceiling in the early hours of Monday morning, climbed a wall with a ladder and went down through the other side using a rope, Head of Kerobokan prison, Tony Nainggolan, told EFE.
Another American citizen, Paul Anthony Hoffman, serving jail term for theft, tried to escape at the same time, but was apprehended by the security guards, added the head of the prison.
The jail authorities are investigating where the prisoner got the ladder and used a rope to abseil down the exterior wall.
The police had arrested Beasley in August for possession of around five grams (0.1 ounce) of hashish, and was awaiting trial for drug trafficking.
In June, four foreigners escaped Kerobokan prison through a tunnel: two of whom still remain at large, while the other two were arrested three days later in East Timor, more than 1,100 kilometers (683 miles) from Bali.
Kerobokan prison houses more than 1,300 inmates, three times its capacity, according to the director of Security and Order, Sutrisman.
Jailbreaks are quite common in Indonesia, where most facilities are overcrowded and do not have enough security personnel.