American Facing Deportation Threatens to Blow Self, Children Up
An American man resident in Bali has barricaded himself and his four young children in his Seminyak villa and is threatening to blow the house up if immigration officers try to break in and deport him.
As of late on Wednesday, Eli Gattenio, 50, remained holed up in the villa, on Saraswati Lane in Jl Dewi Kunti, where a large wardrobe had been placed at the main entrance gate and the windows boarded up.
Speaking to reporters at the location, friends of Gattenio said there was a significant amount of petrol, diesel and gas canisters on the premises that Eli planned to use to blow up the villa if he was forced to be deported back to his homeland.
One friend said the American had earlier threatened to set himself on fire.
The dispute stems from the divorce of Gattenio from his Indonesian wife. The details of his deportation were not immediately clear. Gattenio runs a villa sales and rental company called BaliEstate.Filed under: Arts & Entertainment