Bali 9 member contracts coronavirus in infamous Kerobokan prison, serving life sentence for heroin smuggling – while Australian pedophiles and cocaine users also contract virus
- Si Yi Chen, 35, a member of the Bali Nine, has tested positive for coronavirus
- Also have fellow inmates Brendon Johnsson and Robert Andrew Fiddess Ellis
- All three men are in Indonesia’s notorious Kerobokan prison and are now in isolation
Three Australian prisoners, including a member of the Bali Nine, have been diagnosed with the corona virus in the notorious Kerobokan prison in Indonesia.
Si Yi Chen, 35, is serving a life sentence for smuggling heroin to Bali and was transferred to an isolation wing on Wednesday.
He is joined by fellow Australians Brendon Johnsson, who is serving time for cocaine possession and pedophile Robert Andrew Fiddes Ellis.
The men are among the 100 inmates who all contracted COVID-19, Nine news reported.
Si Yi Chen, 35, is serving a life sentence for smuggling heroin as part of the infamous Bali Nine and was transferred to an isolation wing on Wednesday.
Brendon Luke Johnson (left) was arrested in August 2018 and Robert Andrew Fiddes Ellis (right) was incarcerated for child crimes
However, sources have said that screening in the limited and crowded facility is inconsistent, so there could be many more cases.
All three men have been showing coronavirus symptoms for at least a week and were declared ‘reactive’ by prison guards on Oct. 24.
Chen is serving a life sentence for drug trafficking after being jailed as part of the infamous Bali Nine.
Brendon Luke Johnson was convicted of selling cocaine in Bali and Robert Andrew Fiddes Ellis was jailed for 15 years for serious child crimes.
The prison is dealing with a serious outbreak of COVID-19 in which as many as 84 men and 22 women tested positive in a population of 1,400 people.
Kerobokan prison guard Yulius Sahruzah said the virus was discovered within prison walls last week.
“At first we suspected that there was coronavirus in prison because of complaints from inmates with fever, shortness of breath and some who had lost their sense of taste and smell,” he said.
‘We then did a rapid test last week.’
John McLeod of Tora Solutions, who provides assistance to Australians in prisons abroad, said inmates are concerned about being placed in isolation wings with other infected people.
Inmates were reportedly tested for the virus weeks ago, but didn’t get positive results until Wednesday.
106 of the 1,400 inmates at Kerobokan prison have tested positive for the virus, including 84 men and 22 women
Many of them think they may not be sick anymore because they took the tests weeks ago.
Mr. McLeod targeted the State Department, claiming that they had taken no action during the pandemic until recently.
“All DFAT has done is provide hand sanitizer two weeks ago, months after this pandemic started,” said Mr. McLeod.
‘It’s not good enough in a prison full of disease.
“Prison officials are doing their best, but they lack the resources.”
Mr Suprapto of Bali’s head of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights said it is nearly impossible to physically distance yourself in a prison.
‘All prisoners wear masks. We also provide a place to wash your hands. But keeping your distance in prison is difficult. We have cleared a block in Kerobokan prison to be used as a quarantine place for inmates who have been positively confirmed, ‘said Mr Suprapto.
Since the pandemic in March, the prison has enforced permanent lockdown measures, including a visitor ban for the past eight months.
No deaths have been reported.