DENPASAR - An Australian man in his late 40s has been detained in Bali after a request from Australian authorities. Bali's Deputy Chief Police Detective, Erwin Chahara Rusmana, says that Paul Francis Callahan was arrested in Kuta around dawn last Saturday. He is wanted in Australia in connection with child sex offences allegedly committed in Canberra more than five years ago.
Detective Rusman says Mr Callahan fled to Bali in 2003 where he opened a surf gear business, married and had a child with a local woman. He will remain in police custody in Bali until he faces an extradition hearing at Denpasar District Court. Detective Rusmana said the suspect will be deported to Australia once the extradition is granted.