Portuguese woman kicked off Bali flight after making bomb joke

Explosives on planes are no laughing matter, but for some reason, a Portuguese woman decided to crack a bomb joke when boarding an Indonesian flight this week. Identified only by her initials, MR, 52, was immediately removed from the Bali bound flight out of Komodo International Airport in Labuan Bajo, Flores on Thursday afternoon and ...

Crime

Four escaped Bali police prisoners take bullets to the leg

Four escaped Bali police prisoners take bullets to the leg

Four escaped police detainees in Bali were met with hot lead to the legs when trying to evade arrest, police told reporters, as they paraded the recently recaptured men with their...

Russian expat arrested in Bali over Kuta coke dealing

Russian expat arrested in Bali over Kuta coke dealing

A Russian national was arrested in Bali’s tourist hub of Kuta in April for allegedly dealing cocaine. The Russian, identified by Merdeka as Vladimir Rybnokov Aleksandrovich, 24,...

Bali 9 smuggler dies serving life sentence

Bali 9 smuggler dies serving life sentence

Convicted drug smuggler from the infamous Bali Nine, Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen, has died, reportedly of stomach cancer, while serving out a life sentence in Indonesian prison. The...

4 detainees still at large after busting out of Bali jail through bathroom ceiling

4 detainees still at large after busting out of Bali jail through bathroom ceiling

One of five detainees who escaped from Bali police custody on Monday morning has been recaptured during a raid the following day. Akbar, 20, who was being detained by West...

Seminyak helmet thief needed money to pay traffic ticket: police

Seminyak helmet thief needed money to pay traffic ticket: police

Police hunted down a Bali helmet thief with a little help from CCTV footage in Seminyak. Dominggus Ngungubulu, who had been working as a garbage collector, was arrested by a team...

Indonesian pair sentenced to 15 years for killing Dutchman in Jimbaran

Indonesian pair sentenced to 15 years for killing Dutchman in Jimbaran

Two Indonesian defendants have been sentenced to 15 years in Denpasar District Court over the murder of a Dutchman in Bali’s quiet Jimbaran area. Winda Wilantara, 23, and Andika...

Protected species including Javan langur, leopard seized from Bali treehouse tourist attraction

Protected species including Javan langur, leopard seized from Bali treehouse tourist attraction

Five protected animals of four different species have been seized from eastern Bali, for suspected illegal use as part of a tourist attraction from the Bukit Lemped Tree House in...

Police investigate viral video of puppies violently dunked into Bali gutter

Police investigate viral video of puppies violently dunked into Bali gutter

Unsettling footage of a litter of puppies getting dunked into a Bali gutter has quickly gone viral, prompting a police investigation looking into the matter. A short video shows a...

Chinese Police thank Bali law enforcement for busting over a hundred Chinese nationals on cyber fraud

Chinese Police thank Bali law enforcement for busting over a hundred Chinese nationals on cyber fraud

Chinese police have been expressing their appreciation to Bali Police for uncovering an online fraud scheme involving over a hundred Chinese nationals. Bali Police made one...


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Coconuts Bali Crime

Our crime section on Coconuts Bali is one of our most frequently updated news beats. Crime is abound in Bali and let’s be real—most of it is non-serious, petty crime that usually has us asking, “What was Mr. X thinking?? Like, really?” Like, why did that teenager think is was a good idea to steal all those chickens from his neighbor and sell them to buy a new motorbike? Or why did that tourist think he could get away with stuffing a bunch of cosmetics from the duty free at the airport into his pants? Crime is also the category of our site that contains the most internationally covered stories. Just every so often in Bali, there seems to be a foreigner (or several who conspire together) that get swept up in international incidents involving murder, corruption, drugs, or all of the above. These stories too often involve Aussies, but hey, not exclusively. Crime is usually not violent in Bali and you will not read about all of scuffles involving weapons, so when they do happen (usually with blades, no guns here), they do get reported on. Oh, and we would be remiss to be discussing crime in Bali and not bring up the “Hotel K” aka Kerobokan Prison, the home to Bali’s biggest and baddest criminals and also the small-time Joes. Overcrowded and supposedly a key component of Bali’s drug trade, the prison often finds its way into our crime section.