BALI has signalled it
could be about to shut its doors to Australian bikies
after the national president of the Finks was told this
week he was not welcome on the holiday island because of
his links to a “dangerous” gang.
Former Perth resident Kosh
Radford, aka Koshan Rashidi, arrived in Bali on Wednesday
night with his wife, infant child and mother-in-law, but was
immediately stopped by immigration officers and refused
He was sent straight back
to Sydney on the next available flight.
Bali’s immigration chief
Ari Budijanto yesterday confirmed Mr Radford had been banned
from entering the island, saying it was his gang links that
prompted the decision.
“Foreigners that are
allowed to enter Indonesia are those who are beneficial for
Indonesia,” Mr Budijanto said.
“Foreigners who are
rejected from entering Indonesia are foreigners that
allegedly could causes restlessness and disturb national
The decision is likely to
cause concerns for many WA-based bikies whose gangs have
been heavily expanding their operations into Bali in recent
The Rebels, Finks and
Bandidos are just some of the clubs that have established
permanent “chapters” on the island.
Some senior members are also believed to have invested
heavily in real estate and local businesses such as bars and
Authorities in Australia
refused to say yesterday if they had tipped off their
Indonesian counterparts about Mr Radford’s travel plans.
“Any decision to deny a
person’s entry into a country is a matter for authorities in
that country,” an Australian Federal Police spokesman said.
But a document shown in
Bali that appeared to be from Australian officials advises
of the time and flight number that Mr Radford was due to
“Finks National President
Kosh Radford ... is departing Australia today, Wednesday 8
November 2017 on QF43 arriving Denpasar at 8.20pm,” the
Balinese authorities were
also supplied with a picture of Mr Radford to help identify
him when he arrived.