The former chief of Kuta Police Station has been removed from active roles for one year for extorting a group of Australian men who ran into trouble on a Bali bucks night.
The Melbourne men were in a private room of a Seminyak restaurant with a stripper when security broke up their party.
Bali police began an internal affairs probe after claims published last June that officers had threatened the Australians with indecency charges if they didn’t cough up about $25,000 in bribes.
Former Kuta Police Chief Ida Bagus Dedy Januarta was found to have benefited from the scam in the decision handed down this month.
Bali Provincial Police spokesman Hery Wiyanto says he will not be given any jobs for one year.
‘He also must apologise to the Bali Provincial Police chief and up to the National Police Chief for tainting the image of the National Police,’ he said.
In August, the police chief had held a press conference where he told reporters, ‘there was no extortion’ and held up what he said was a signed statement to that effect from the Australians involved.
The head of the Kuta Police detective unit, Dewa Tagel Wijasa, a former officer in the detective unit, Ngurah Eka Wisada, and five other officers have been moved to non-active roles.
According to reports, the men claimed a violent fight broke out in which they were pistol-whipped and tasered.
Two of the men were escorted to ATMs to withdraw $25,000 in cash, under threat of 10 years’ jail for indecency.