Kerobokan Prison Evacuating All 1,000 Inmates

Update: The evacuation of the foreign prisoners has been delayed as police negotiate with the ringleaders of the riot. Why? Sounds like they can't get past the Indonesian prisoners to get the others out -- or that some of the foreign prisoners have already been taken hostage.

The riots Tuesday night at Kerobokan prison in Bali continued into Wednesday, as prisoners retook control. There has been no electricity and major parts of the prison are burned out.

More than 400 military troops are now gathered outside the prison. At 2 pm local time (11 pm MT, ) they had planned to go in and remove all 1,015 inmates.

Then they decided to first remove the foreign and female inmates, either by bus or air. There are 125 female inmates and about 50-60 foreign inmates. Authorities believe the foreign prisoners may be targeted by the other inmates and used as hostages. [More...]

Three trucks packed with police in full riot gear and dogs arrived outside the Kerobokan prison just after noon, adding to several hundred police, military and ousted guards who spent a tense night locked in a stand-off with inmates holed up inside.

Security forces had stormed the overcrowded prison at dawn on Wednesday to wrest control after a night of arson and stone-throwing, only to lose it again late that night.

Schapelle Corby and the Bali 9 are among the 12 Australian and 51 foreign inmates, mostly serving drug sentences amongst the murderers, rapists and terrorists. Where will they be taken? Some sources say a facility in Klungkung, about two hours from Kerobokan.

The troops will then storm the prison and remove the remainder of inmates.

We will not storm the prison before they [the foreigners and women] are removed as we fear that their lives will be put at risk."

Earlier today police said the remaining 800 inmates would also be moved.

Sources have suggested that most of the prison's 1015 inmates will be moved by military aircraft to another location in Indonesia, understood to be Surabaya, on the island of Java.

Update: 12:15 am (2/23): The evacuation of foreign, women and juvenile inmates is underway.

We are evacuating the prisoners to avoid them being taken hostage by other prisoners, or being used by others prisoners as bargaining chips in negotiations (with authorities),' he said.<

....Hundreds more police and military personnel, accompanied by dogs, were also at the scene and believed to be preparing to storm the jail.

In addition to no electricity, there's no water or access to food. The barbed wire fence has been removed, making the prison no longer secure.

Update: 1:20 am: The evacuation is delayed as authorities are negotiating with the ringleaders of the rioting inmates.

Riot police armed with shields started moving into the prison compound at about 2.45pm local time today to start the evacuation process. However, they have since been forced to reassess the planned removal of foreign inmates, as well as juveniles and female prisoners.

A police spokesman said officers were negotiating with the inmates believed to be responsible for the unrest during which prison authorities lost control of the jail twice in two days. The evacuation process was being delayed by the negotiations, he said.

Stay Tuned. In the meantime,

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    Hell in Paradise... (none / 0) (#1)
    by Mr Natural on Thu Feb 23, 2012 at 05:02:46 AM EST
    Are those Norfolk Island Pines in the background?

    It's a wonder... (none / 0) (#2)
    by kdog on Thu Feb 23, 2012 at 08:38:48 AM EST
    there isn't a riot a week in that hellhole, there is only so much degradation a human being can take.

    Lets hope there isn't too much bloodshed, but I'm afraid this ain't gonna end well.

    Say no to being a woman or a juvenille (none / 0) (#3)
    by vicndabx on Thu Feb 23, 2012 at 01:53:15 PM EST
    in a prison where the guards no longer have control and anything goes.

    Seriously... (none / 0) (#4)
    by kdog on Thu Feb 23, 2012 at 02:32:52 PM EST
    coed prisons are a really bad idea...male prison guards in a female prison alone is a bad idea.  

    Leave it to Indonesia...