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Australia Australian detained in Bulgaria 'did not receive fair trial', Human rights lawyer

17:20  04 october  2019
17:20  04 october  2019 Source:   skynews.com.au

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International Human Rights Lawyer Geoffrey Robertson says, he doesn't believe young Australian Jock Palfreeman received a fair trial after being accused of murder in Bulgaria.

"There was a great deal of popular pressure to have him convicted... the issue today is he is entitled - under Bulgarian law - to parole," he said.

Mr Palfreeman has spent more than 11 years in jail in Bulgaria for allegedly murdering the son of a prominent politician.

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"This guy is incredibly brave. Instead of giving up in despair... he became leader of the prisoner's rights movement. He should be given an Order of Australia," Mr Robertson said.

Two weeks ago, he was granted parole for good behaviour, but, in an unprecedented move, was thrown into an immigration detention centre with prosecutors trying to block his parole.

"The prosecutor-general is asking the Supreme Court to quash the court of appeal decision and put Jock back to prison for ten years."

The move is believed to have been organised by the murdered boys' father, Monov, who is a politician in Bulgaria's Government.

Australian prisoner languishes in limbo in Bulgaria .
Australian prisoner Jock Palfreeman's bid for parole, and freedom, in Bulgaria has ignited a political firestorm, both in the country he is being detained - and in the Sydneysider's home town.The chief prosecutor wants to reverse a decision to grant the 32-year-old parole, halfway through his 20-year sentence for murder. Many believe he should serve out the full sentence.

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