DENPASAR, Indonesia—A Russian named as a fugitive back home by Interpol was arrested on Wednesday on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali after 13 days of running with his partner to avoid deportation, officials said.
Andrei Kovalenka, who used the alias Andrew Ayer, was arrested and convicted of more than 500 grams of hashish possession in 2019. He has been sentenced to 18 months in jail, although the charge typically carries a minimum of four years and a maximum of 20 years in prison.
He was waiting for deportation to Russia on Feb. 11 after completing his sentence when he escaped during the transfer from one immigration center to another when his Russian partner Ekaterina Trubkina visited him, police said.
The head of the Bali Immigration Division, Eka Budianto, said both were arrested in a villa early Wednesday after changing locations to avoid detection.
Deportation to Russia is awaiting them. Police also declined to say on the basis of the Interpol notice what charges Kovalenka is wanted on. Anybody with that name is not identified on the Interpol Red Alert website.
Police said that none of them faced additional charges in Indonesia.