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Australia Bulgarian judges have two months to decide parole fate of Australian

12:10  07 october  2019
12:10  07 october  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

Australia's Foreign Minister in talks about Jock Palfreeman's release

  Australia's Foreign Minister in talks about Jock Palfreeman's release Australia's Foreign Minister Marise Payne has confirmed she is in talks with her Bulgarian counterpart about the release of Jock Palfreeman. Australia's Foreign Minister Marise Payne has confirmed she is in talks with her Bulgarian counterpart about t The 32-year-old was granted early parole last Friday after serving 11 years of a 20-year sentence for fatally stabbing Bulgarian law student Andrei Monov, 23, during a brawl in the capital, Sofia in 2007.However, Palfreeman had to wait for an emergency passport to be issued and is being kept in an immigration centre.

Court has two months to decide whether to revoke the parole of Australian man found guilty of murder. The three- judge bench has two months to hand down its decision on Palfreeman’s liberty. He is being held in an immigration detention centre near Sofia while he awaits the outcome.

Judges ‘vilified’ as release of Australian found guilty of murder divides legal system. Bulgaria ’s highest court was scheduled to hear an appeal against his parole – granted last month – on 23 October but, amid a rising tide of populist protest over the decision to release him, it has brought

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A court hearing into the early parole of Australian man Jock Palfreeman jailed in Bulgaria has been adjourned and judges given two months to decide if he gets released from prison.

The 32-year-old was granted early parole last month after serving 11 years of a 20-year sentence for fatally stabbing Bulgarian law student Andrei Monov, 23, during a brawl in the capital Sofia in 2007.

However, Palfreeman had to wait for an emergency passport to be issued before he could return home to Australia and an application by the Bulgarian chief prosecutor to have him stay in jail saw him remain behind bars.

Bulgarian judges say Jock Palfreeman parole backlash threatens judicial independence

  Bulgarian judges say Jock Palfreeman parole backlash threatens judicial independence In a new twist to the saga of Sydneysider Jock Palfreeman, 292 Bulgarian judges sign a letter defending the appellate court's decision to grant the Australian parole.  This comes after considerable public and political criticism of the judgement and the panel of three judges — criticism backed by the very body set up to ensure judicial independence.The Bulgarian Union of Judges has written to the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) that oversees the judiciary. "…you are destroying fundamental pillars of country governed by the law — the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary," the letter reads.

Australian remains locked up in Bulgaria despite parole . The Bulgarian Judges Union, which has ties to international associations of judges , was appalled. Two days later the SJC responded: "Independence is not a prerogative of the judiciary and a privilege of the judge ; it is there to serve the

A prisoner’s fate could hinge upon the point in the day when their case is heard. They take two food breaks that divide their day into three sessions. All of these details, from the decision to the times of As you might expect, the judges were less likely to grant parole to prisoners who were earmarked as

a group of people standing in front of a window: Australian man Jock Palfreeman will stay behind bars in Bulgaria for another two months as judges decide whether to allow his early parole ruling.© 9News Australian man Jock Palfreeman will stay behind bars in Bulgaria for another two months as judges decide whether to allow his early parole ruling. https://twitter.com/sophie_walsh9/status/1181101991185002496?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Lawyers representing Palfreeman today appeared on his behalf during the hearing at the Supreme Court of Cassation to determine whether his early parole would be officially granted.

Within an hour, the hearing had been adjourned pending a two-month period for judges to make a decision on whether he will be released.

Outside court, the 32-year-old's lawyer was asked whether the Australian will be freed from prison.

Jock Palfreeman looking at the camera: The 32-year-old was granted early parole last month after serving 11 years of a 20-year sentence for fatally stabbing Bulgarian law student Andrei Monov, 23, during a brawl in the capital Sofia in 2007.© AAP The 32-year-old was granted early parole last month after serving 11 years of a 20-year sentence for fatally stabbing Bulgarian law student Andrei Monov, 23, during a brawl in the capital Sofia in 2007. a large white building: Palfreeman had to wait for an emergency passport to be issued before he could return home to Australia and an application by the Bulgarian chief prosecutor to have him stay in jail saw him remain behind bars.© 9News Palfreeman had to wait for an emergency passport to be issued before he could return home to Australia and an application by the Bulgarian chief prosecutor to have him stay in jail saw him remain behind bars.

"That's a million dollar question – I don't know," he told 9News.

The 32-year-old is being held in an immigration centre near Sofia while he awaits the outcome.

Palfreeman has consistently maintained he acted in self defence that night after intervening to prevent Mr Monov and a group of friends from attacking two Roma, or gypsy, men.

During his 2009 trial, he pleaded not guilty to stabbing Mr Monov to death and the facts of the crime are still disputed.

The verdict and sentence was upheld in subsequent appeals to higher courts.

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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