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Jakarta Post

Inmate allegedly bribed police to escape Mataram detention center

  • Panca Nugraha

    The Jakarta Post

Mataram   /   Thu, January 31, 2019   /   10:55 pm
Inmate allegedly bribed police to escape Mataram detention center A police officer allegedly received bribes totaling Rp 14.5 million from a French national being detained on drug-related charges. The inmate's recent escape is suspected to have been facilitated by items contained in an unchecked package sent to him. (Shutterstock/File)

A police officer has been named a suspect in relation to the recent escape of alleged drug dealer Dorfin Felix from West Nusa Tenggara Police detention center.

The officer, Comr. Tuti Maryati, who is the head of the inmate security unit at the West Nusa Tenggara Police, allegedly took bribes from the French national and allowed him to have a cell phone, television and other facilities at the detention center.  

West Nusa Tenggara Police inspector Sr. Comr. Agus Salim said Tuti was discovered after he questioned 14 personnel who had been on guard during the escape.

“[Felix] got the money from his parents in France,” Agus said on Wednesday.

Tuti allegedly received a total of Rp 14.5 million in two deliveries by Western Union and then bought the items for Felix, as well as registering the cell phone in her name.

She also allegedly allowed Felix to receive items from his spouse in Bali.

“He received packages two times. The first one contained a blanket, the second one was unchecked,” said Agus.

It is suspected that the second delivery contained a handsaw that Felix used to cut detention bars to escape.

Felix, a suspected drug dealer, was arrested in September last year at Lombok International Airport when arriving from Singapore. He was allegedly carrying 2.9 kilograms of amphetamine, ketamine and 850 ecstasy pills, all worth Rp 3.1 billion (US$217,674).

The 35-year-old is charged under the Narcotics Law, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

He broke out from his cell and escaped the detention center on Jan. 21 while awaiting his trial.