Four kilometres from Canggu, known for its wholefood cafes and beachfront bars, lies a “living hell“.
A wall, covered in off-white chipped paint, is all that stands between idyllic Balinese beaches, which surf people travel halfway around the world for, and Kerobokan prison.
The complex, only ever designed to hold 300 prisoners, now houses over 1400 – more than quadruple its limit.
Some inmates sleep on hard tiled floors in 40 plus degree heat, their limbs entangled with the limbs of strangers.
On July 19, two Australian tourists, William Cabantog, 35, and David Van Iersel, 38, were allegedly found in possession of 1.12 grams of cocaine inside a Canggu nightclub, following a police raid.
Schapelle Corby speaks for the first time. Post continues after video.
Urine samples determined that the Melbourne men had both used the substance.
The offence could be enough to sentence the two men to a maximum of 12 years imprisonment. If that happens, they’ll be sent to Kerobokan prison, referred to by locals as ‘Hotel K’.
Police chief Ruddi Setiawan said, “We advise tourists, locals and foreigners to come here for a holiday, don’t come to have a drugs party or to use drugs. We will take firm action if any foreigners resist. We will not be lenient.”
The majority of prisoners, 78 per cent, inside Kerobokan are on drug charges. Australia’s Schapelle Corby, who was convicted of smuggling 4.2 kilos of cannabis into Bali in May 2005, was sentenced to 20 years in Kerobokan prison. She would end up serving nine.