Two Bali jail escapees recaptured, Malaysian's whereabouts unknown

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DILI - Police in Timor Leste on Thursday captured two foreign inmates who escaped from a prison on the Indonesian island of Bali this week by crawling through a tunnel under the walls, the police chief said.

According to Reuters, police said they had captured Bulgarian Dimitar Nikolov Iliev and Indian Sayed Mohammed Said near a port area in the Timor Leste capital of Dili after the two had arrived on a motorboat from Indonesia.

"The two Indonesian police fugitives were involved in money laundering and narcotics," Timor Leste police chief Julio da Costa Hornay told reporters.

"Indonesian police had provided information via an official letter to East Timor police to recapture them," he added.

Iliev and Said escaped from Bali's Kerobokan prison with two other inmates, Australian Shaun Edward Davidson and Malaysian Tee Kok King, on Sunday night by crawling through a 12m long tunnel.

Hornay said Timor Leste's attorney general's office would decide if the two would be sent back to Indonesia.

It was reported that Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said that the Malaysian police would be monitoring Tee's all possible hideouts.

Tee is serving a seven and a half year sentence for a drug-related offence.

9News Australia had earlier reported that Bali police believe that Tee and the other three prisoners drowned in the tunnel, which was found to be unstable and flooded with water.

The report quoted Badung Police Chief Yudith Satriya Hananta, who said that the police had found a fork inside the tunnel but could not find any signs of the prisoners.

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