Fears for brother in Bali jail

Last updated 05:00 06/07/2012

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A former New Plymouth man is distraught after being arrested and locked up in Bali as police investigate a property dispute.

Terrence Green has contacted his sister in Stratford, Sherryl Walker, to tell her of his plight.

A Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesperson said they were aware of Mr Green's case and were providing consular assistance through the New Zealand Embassy in Jakarta.

Mr Green was being held in the Polda Prison facility in Denpasar and had his iPhone with him and was using that to keep in contact with his sister.

Ms Walker said her brother had lived in Indonesia for about 17 years and owned a business, ExBali, which manufactured and exported Balinese furniture.

She believed her brother's arrest had something to do with his former wife selling their house but had not been able to confirm the details with him.

"He doesn't know why because nobody will tell him. From what he understands he is there because he went back to his own property."

Foreigners are not allowed to own property in Indonesia.

"He said that he had been arrested for being on his own property," Ms Walker said.

"I feel that he has been locked up unjustly. I could understand it, if he was a corrupt person who was doing wrong."

Ms Walker said she was shocked to hear her brother had been arrested.

"I instantly thought, what's he done?

"What has happened, because he's not a drug user."

She fears for his safety.

"I've heard what goes on over there," she said.

Ms Walker said her brother was frustrated at the lack of information from the authorities.

"He's just at his wits' end because nobody will listen to him and nobody wants to hear his side of the story," she said. "He just said he didn't know what to do or who to turn to."

Ms Walker said she had offered to help her brother by contacting the media to get his story out.

"I said I'll do whatever I can and I'll do whatever it takes."

She hoped her brother would be released.

"I'd like to see him be treated fairly and get back what is rightfully his."

Mr Green, 53, was born in Auckland but grew up in New Plymouth, attending Marfell Primary School, Devon Intermediate and Spotswood College.

Ms Walker said she had not seen her brother in 10 years but regularly kept in contact through Facebook and Skype.

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- Taranaki Daily News

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