Authorities have finally arrested the two Russian fugitives — one of whom is reportedly on Interpol’s Red Notice list — who had been on the run in Bali for almost two weeks.
Andrei Kovalenka and Ekaterina Trubkina, who are reportedly a married couple, were arrested yesterday at a villa located in Umalas, North Kuta. Immigration authorities said that the arrests were possible due to a joint effort involving military and police officers.
The two stood in orange polo shirts behind law enforcers as a press conference announcing their arrest was held this afternoon in Denpasar. The Indonesian authorities claimed that Kovalenka was identified as a fugitive from Interpol without providing any additional details on the charges on which he was sought.
No one with his name can be revealed by a search on Interpol’s public red notice list. However, it should be noted that, according to Interpol’s website, the majority of red notices are limited to law enforcement use only.
Kovalenka, who had previously served time in a narcotics case in Kerobokan Prison, escaped from the Ngurah Rai Immigration Office on Feb. 11. Upon completion of his sentence, when he was visited by Trubkina, who officials said helped his escape, he was in the process of being moved to the immigration detention center in Denpasar.
Details of the two fugitives were then released by officials online as they sought public assistance to find them.