Bali Jailbreak: Indonesian police hunting for U.S. citizen

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Indonesian police are hunting for a U.S. citizen who escaped on Monday from an overcrowded prison on the holiday island of Bali by cutting through steel bars in a ceiling.

Authorities said this is the jail’s second breakout of foreign inmates this year.

The Kerobokan prison, about 10 km from the main tourist beaches in the Kuta area, often holds foreigners facing drug-related charges.

Badung Police chief Yudith Hananta said Cristian Beasley, who was a suspect in crimes related to narcotics but had not been sentenced, escaped at 4.10 a.m. (2010 GMT Sunday).

“It is thought that the prisoner escaped … by cutting through the steel bars above the ceiling,” he said in a statement, without giving details of how Beasley escaped without being detected.

Beasley, 32, from California, is believed to have then used a rope to climb down a wall before getting over a perimeter wall in…

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