Australia: Australian Jock Palfreeman on hunger strike in Bulgarian prison over alleged unfair treatment - - PressFrom - Australia
  •   
  •   

AustraliaAustralian Jock Palfreeman on hunger strike in Bulgarian prison over alleged unfair treatment

08:00  16 may  2019
08:00  16 may  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

Alleged Mokbel stabbers try to strike guilty plea bargain, court hears

Alleged Mokbel stabbers try to strike guilty plea bargain, court hears The two young men charged with stabbing drug boss Tony Mokbel in prison have offered to plead guilty to lesser charges than attempted murder, a court has heard.

The family of an Australian man jailed for murder in Bulgaria holds fears for his safety after the 32-year-old stopped eating three weeks ago in a prison

Jock Palfreeman , who is serving a 20-year jail sentence for murder in Bulgaria and has been called a human rights hero for his work advocating for prisoner rights, is refusing to eat in a show of defiance against the country's justice system.

Australian Jock Palfreeman on hunger strike in Bulgarian prison over alleged unfair treatment© ABC News Jock Palfreeman is refusing to eat over what he says is unfair treatment in prison.

The family of an Australian man jailed for murder in Bulgaria holds fears for his safety after the 32-year-old stopped eating three weeks ago in a prison hunger strike.

Jock Palfreeman is serving a 20-year sentence for stabbing and killing 20-year-old law student Andrei Monov during a melee in Bulgaria's capital, Sofia, in late December 2007.

The Australian stopped eating on April 21 to protest what he claimed was unfair treatment by prison authorities and the Bulgarian Government in response to his human rights work while behind bars.

Greater protection for veterans from war crimes allegations

Greater protection for veterans from war crimes allegations Serving military personnel and veterans facing investigations over alleged historical offences are to get greater legal protection under proposals to be announced by the defence secretary. © Getty The proposals would give troops greater protection over historical allegations The proposed legislation to be outlined by Penny Mordaunt would include an end to repeated investigations on historical operations and a statutory presumption against prosecution of current or former personnel for alleged offences committed in the course of duty abroad more than 10 years ago.

© ABC News Jock Palfreeman is refusing to eat over what he says is unfair treatment in prison . The family of an Australian man jailed for murder in Bulgaria holds fears for his safety after the 32-year-old stopped eating three weeks ago in a prison hunger strike . Jock Palfreeman is serving a 20-year

Earlier this year Palfreeman went on hunger strike for 33 days in protest at the unfair treatment he said he had suffered for his role in the Angelov said the hunger strike had been in response to Bulgarian authorities cracking down on the Australian for exposing corruption in the country’s prison

This week Palfreeman was moved from Kazichene low-security prison to the hospital at the Sofia Central high-security prison.

His father, Dr Simon Palfreeman, is trying to convince the Bulgarian authorities to let him see Jock.

"My fear is that the time is now approaching when starvation could cause permanent damage," Dr Palfreeman said.

Palfreeman's 86-year-old grandfather Tony, who will travel to Sofia later this month, said the family was "greatly concerned about Jock's emotional and physical wellbeing".

Bulgarian boxer suspended in California for kissing broadcaster

Bulgarian boxer suspended in California for kissing broadcaster Bulgarian boxer suspended in California for kissing broadcaster

Australian man Jock Palfreeman has ended his 33-day hunger strike in a Bulgarian jail after prison officials relented and allowed him to receive visitors. An Australian man imprisoned in Bulgaria has ended his hunger strike against unfair treatment after 33 days without food. Jock Palfreeman is 11.

"He has been through enough already and we ask that he be returned to Australia either by parole or by government intervention," Mr Palfreeman said.

Palfreeman has always claimed he drew the knife in self-defence after a group of young, drunk men turned on him when he tried to stop them assaulting a Gypsy.

Since his conviction in 2009, Palfreeman has advocated for changes to Bulgaria's prison system.

Seven years ago, he established Bulgaria's first convicted prisoners' union, the Bulgarian Prisoners' Rehabilitation Association (BPRA), which has drawn attention to examples of corruption within the prison system and of abuse.

The association has also helped prisoners to take cases of alleged injustice to Bulgarian and European courts, earning it accolades from human rights groups but opposition from Bulgaria's prison authorities.

High-profile lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC has called on the Australian Government to make "immediate representations" on Palfreeman's behalf.

The simple injection that could 'cure' cancer: Australian doctor claims pioneering new treatment could eliminate blood cancer

The simple injection that could 'cure' cancer: Australian doctor claims pioneering new treatment could eliminate blood cancer An Australian doctor and his team have been quietly working away on a revolutionary treatment they have revealed could be a cure for cancer.

Jock Palfreeman (born 13 November 1986) is an Australian who was convicted of murder and sentenced to 20 years in a Bulgarian prison .

Australian Jock Palfreeman 's family fears he is at risk of starvation as his hunger strike over his treatment in a Bulgarian prison approaches 30 days. Palfreeman , 32, is 11 years into a 20-year sentence for fatally stabbing Bulgarian law student Andrei Monov, 23

"It is urgently necessary to stop the discrimination against him so that he can break his hunger strike," Mr Robertson said.

"He is a human rights hero being made to suffer extreme privations because of his good work."

Australian Jock Palfreeman on hunger strike in Bulgarian prison over alleged unfair treatment© ABC News Jock Palfreeman helped set up a prisoner union with other inmates.

Celebrities back Palfreeman's cause

Mr Robertson is not the only high-profile Australian to take up Palfreeman's case.

Australian film director Rachel Ward, who has visited Palfreeman twice in jail, most recently a fortnight ago, told Australian Story she believed he had been "persecuted for telling the truth about prison conditions".

Ms Ward, Mr Robertson and other well-known Australians, including Cate Blanchett, Bryan Brown and Simon Baker, are now petitioning Bulgaria's Justice Minister.

"Our government has dropped the ball and the Bulgarians need to know [we] want to see Jock's case moved forward," Ward said.

In April last year, Palfreeman withdrew a parole application fearing it was not possible to receive a fair hearing.

It came after his victim's father organised a protest outside the Sofia Palace of Justice and issued a veiled threat on television, warning he had not forgotten "the skills" he learnt in the military.

Ivan Milat transferred from supermaximum security prison in Goulburn to Sydney hospital for operation

Ivan Milat transferred from supermaximum security prison in Goulburn to Sydney hospital for operation Convicted serial killer Ivan Milat is escorted from Australia's toughest jail, restrained and under guard, to the Prince of Wales hospital after reportedly recently losing 20 kilograms.

London: Australian Jock Palfreeman 's family fears he is at risk of starvation as his hunger strike over his treatment in a Bulgarian prison approaches 30 days. The Sydneysider stopped eating on April 21 to protest the unfair treatment he claims to have suffered for his role in the Bulgarian Prisoners '

An Australian man in prison in Bulgaria for murder has ended his hunger strike after 33 days after protesting what he says is unfair treatment . The Sydney man stopped eating on April 21 to protest the unfair treatment he says he has suffered for his role in the Bulgarian Prisoners ’ Rehabilitation

In another incident last year, Palfreeman was slapped with three disciplinary punishments in quick succession shortly after he submitted an opinion on behalf of the BPRA to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on the execution of a judgment of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

The judgement condemned Bulgaria for inhuman and degrading conditions in several of its prisons.

Bulgarian human rights advocate, Dr Krassimir Kanev, who worked with the BPRA on a working group established to address the European concerns, said "there was broad-ranging reform needed" and Palfreeman's report was "embarrassing for the Government".

Palfreeman was accused of inciting civil disobedience by distributing BPRA stickers, having soft porn on the computer he shared with other prisoners, and failing to follow a guard's orders during a search of his prison cell. The punishments further hurt Palfreeman's chances of parole.

"Until then he had an excellent record," Dr Kanev said. "So clearly they've taken revenge."

Dr Palfreeman said the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) had failed to take up his son's concerns with the Bulgarian Government, despite repeated requests.

"It's getting out of hand given the seriousness of the ongoing hunger strike that they aren't pulling out all stops," he said.

In a statement, DFAT said Jock Palfreeman was receiving high-level consular assistance including "consular officials closely following his legal process, representations to the Bulgarian Government on his case, regularly visiting him in prison to monitor his welfare, and communicating with his family in Australia".

Australian Story has contacted the Bulgarian Justice Minister and his deputy for a response.

Read more

Aussie ends hunger strike in Bulgaria jail.
Australian man Jock Palfreeman has ended his 33-day hunger strike in a Bulgarian jail after prison officials relented and allowed him to receive visitors.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks
usr: 6
This is interesting!