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YouTube airs video of Bali
police extorting tourist

A four and half-minute video showing a Bali police officer asking for money from a Dutch tourist following a minor traffic violation is currently circulating on YouTube, uploaded from an account called “gil4sekali”.

Quite apart from asking for the money, the officer also invites the tourist to an on-duty beer-drinking session.

In the video, the police officer, whose identity is obscured by his yellow vast, is seen stopping the tourist, who says his name is Van Der Spek, near the Lio Square Police post, in Petitenget, Northern Kuta, for not wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle.

The officer at first tells the tourist he must pay a fine of Rp 1. 2 million (US$123) at Denpasar courthouse. The tourist refuses to pay this amount and asks whether there is an easy way out of the situation.

The police officer then says the tourist could pay him Rp 200,000 for the ticket. The officer even says that the tourist could just forget his helmet for that day and have fun. When the tourist finally wants to go back to his hotel to have a beer, the officer invites him to have a beer-drinking session with him at the police post.

The policeman and the tourist then drink beer together at the police post. During the drinking session, the police officer discloses that he has already fined three foreign tourists that day with the most generous one paying Rp 300,000.

Commenting on the video, Badung Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Komang Suartana confirmed that the officer in the video was one of his subordinates. He said that the officer was now being questioned over the incident, kompas.com reported.

Komang said the video was actually recorded around five months ago but only uploaded to YouTube recently.(dic)

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