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Bali update Editor: Death Row at Bali`s Kerobokan Prison

Bali’s chronically over-crowded Kerobokan prison, scene of a prison riot in June 2011, saw a new outbreak of violence result in the death of an inmate on Wednesday, October 5, 2011.

The prison facility was built for 323 inmates but is now filled to overflowing with 1,056 inmates, with large groups of prisoners occupying cells designed to house only one or two people.

In the latest incident, 27-year-old Muhamad Arif Hamzah, serving a sentence for a narcotics violation, died after being viciously attacked by fellow inmate Galih Irfan Abdilah (24).

Prison authorities report that the two men became involved in an altercation over a debt of Rp. 500,000 (US$55) owed by Hamzah to Abdilah on the afternoon of Tuesday, October 4, 2011 that saw Hamzah sent to the h ospital with severe head injuries from which he died the following morning.

Police continue to investigate the apparent homicide.

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