Private messages between the family and friends of a Bali nightclub promoter reveal what life is like at Kerobokan Prison.
William Cabantog was arrested earlier this month during raids from homes and nightclubs in the Canggu holiday village, along with his co-accused David Van Iersel, 38, and charged with cocaine possession – which involves a penalty of up to 12 years.
Messages sent through a Facebook chat group named & # 39; Will & # 39; s Fundraiser & # 39; ask those close to the promoter to donate to a bank account & # 39; to help finance the upcoming obstacles (Cabantog) & # 39 ;.
In the chat discussion, family and friends discussed what life was like for Cabantog, who said they would be able to drink alcohol when he was taken out of police cells and could communicate with them via a telephone.
Friends expect to spend his time in the infamous Kerobokan prison in Bali, where a person claims that prisoners drink and play tennis on the complex.
William Cabantog (left) was arrested in Bali earlier this month and charged with cocaine possession – which entails a prison sentence of up to 12 years in Indonesia
His friends and family have set up a fundraising group to help pay for his medical expenses and legal defense (photo)
A member of the group said that Cabantog has access to alcohol while sitting behind bars, a fact that another friend said was & # 39; good to know & # 39;
A friend told the group that it was good to know & # 39; that the prisoner could bring in alcohol, and another revealed that he & # 39; feels as comfortable as can be expected and is supplied with supplies & # 39 ;.
Family members seem more concerned, while the parents of Cabantog ask the group to pray for our son & # 39 ;.
Cabantog will be detained in police cells in Denpasar for up to two months while an investigation of their alleged crimes is being conducted, and will then move to the notorious Kerobokan prison of Bali.
The group seemed almost relieved to know that their friend was being taken to prison, where the Bali Nine, Schapelle Corby and Shaun Davidson were housed, who famously escaped in 2017.
Cabantog stays in police cells for a maximum of 60 days until the investigation is completed and is then transferred to Kerobokan
THE MOST infamous AUSTRALIAN PRISONERS OF KEROBOKAN
Corby served in Kerobokan for nine years after smuggling cannabis to Indonesia in a suitcase for boogie board.
She developed a reputation for helping prisoners make jewelry and had applied for running a beauty school in prison.
Corby was also hospitalized several times for depression that she suffered behind bars.
THE BALI NINE
The Bali Nine was a group of nine Australians who were convicted of trying to smuggle 8.3 kilos of heroin from Indonesia in 2005.
Ring leaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were sentenced to death and executed on April 29, 2015.
Si Yi Chen, Michael Czugaj, Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen, Matthew Norman, Scott Rush and Martin Stephens were sentenced to life imprisonment.
Renae Lawrence was sentenced to 20 years in prison and was released earlier this year.
Davidson was sentenced to a year in Kerobokan for passport fraud, but famously escaped with only three months on his sentence.
He and three others tunneled out of prison in 2017, and he remains on the run.
Davidson used social media to taunt the police, share photos of themselves, and claim to be in bars, beaches, and hotels around the world.
Friends of the Melbourne promoter threw ideas to raise the best money for their imprisoned friend, while others told stories about asking friends to help but didn't get an answer
Details of a bank account for donations were often shared with the group, especially on days when bills had to be paid. The friends of Cabantog were able to raise enough for his first payment of legal fees, but there is little way to know how expensive his prison sentence will be
One member of the group claimed that another of his friends did not want to leave after they had finished a sentence there.
& # 39; I know someone who served time for it and he really liked it and didn't want to leave lol, & # 39; they wrote.
& # 39; He had his own cell with an ensuite and he covered it how he wanted it to be fun. They hold tennis tournaments and stuff. & # 39;
A second call for donations was made on Monday, the & # 39; money day & # 39; for lawyers and doctors working on the Melbourne case.
& # 39; Everything anyone could miss would make a huge difference today where Will will end up & # 39 ;, they wrote.
& # 39; If someone can now go ahead and make donations, that will help so much. & # 39;
Calls are made to the group for donations on & # 39; money day & # 39 ;, when Cabantog has to pay its lawyers and doctors
Cabantog and his co-accused, David Van Iersel (center) were arrested in a nightclub and are accused of cocaine possession
Friends say that Cabantog & # 39; is as comfortable as can be expected & # 39; and has access to a telephone
More money will probably be needed to have Cabantog's assets released from the guesthouse where he was staying at the time of his arrest, with the owners refusing to release his assets until his bill is paid.
While Cabantog's friends and family are behind the man, the group has spent a lot of time discussing the pros and cons of making fundraising public – noted that the 35-year-old wanted to make a video to go to the media to send its point opposite & # 39 ;.
A friend said they did not expect much support for Cabantog, and noted that they had called locations that had employed him in the past to ask for support and were confronted with silence.
Cabantog is confronted with a maximum of 12 years in prison if he is found guilty
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