Sky Garden Closed: Is it for Now or Forever?
Sky Garden Complex in Kuta, Bali Closed by Police and Local Enforcement Agency
Following a series of local media reports recounting tales of ownership disputes, unpaid taxes, adulterated drinks, sexual abuse of employees by management members, and, most recently, strong-arm extortion of large sums of money by local gang members – Badung Regency Enforcement Authorities (Polisi Pamong Praja – Satpol PP) backed by the Bali Police shut down the Sky Garden Entertainment Complex in Kuta.
On Friday afternoon, August 16, 2019, police parked an armored vehicle at the establishment’s front door and strung a “do not cross” police line across the entire exterior and all entrances.
As reported by Balitribune.co.id , in a series of non-stop recriminations, police have received reports of defamation against a Bali lawyer filed by one if the Complex’s directors, a criminal complaint charging financial malfeasance filed against a Director by the Sky Garden’s accountant, and another from a female staff member charging a member of management with sexual molestation leaving a woman traumatized and under psychological treatment.
As reported by Radar Bali, the closure of the club on August 16th was undertaken by 50 member of the Bali Police Military Brigade (Brimob) to allow a reconstruction of criminal acts (theft and molestation) under investigation by police, and also by 15 members of Pol PP Badung claiming administrative and regulatory shortcomings in the operation of the Complex.
It is unclear if the closure of the Complex is permanent or if operations will be allowed to resume sometime in the future.