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Australia Australian prisoner languishes in limbo in Bulgaria

16:26  10 october  2019
16:26  10 october  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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Just three days after Ukrainian soldier Oleksandr Lazarenko was taken prisoner in the war in Ukraine's east, a peace agreement was signed under which the sides agreed to an "all-for-all" prisoner exchange.

Australian prisoner Jock Palfreeman's bid for parole, and freedom, in Bulgaria has ignited a political firestorm 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.

"I think murder deserves at least life," Bulgarian Politician Angel Dzhambazki said.

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

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Under Bulgarian law, a decision to grant parole should be final and normally, can't be appealed.

Jock Palfreeman looking at the camera: Jock Palfreeman has ended his 33-day hunger strike in a Bulgarian jail after prison officials relented and allowed him to receive visitors.© AAP Jock Palfreeman has ended his 33-day hunger strike in a Bulgarian jail after prison officials relented and allowed him to receive visitors. Palfreeman's lawyer Nikolai Hadjigenov says the political interference is impacting the case.

"How much is political interference impacting this, 100 per cent," he said.

Palfreeman has served 11 years of a 20-year sentence since being found guilty of murder and attempted murder in the stabbing of two Bulgarian youths during a Sofia street brawl in 2007. His fate is now in the hands of three judges, who have up to two months to decide whether he should be freed. While outrage over Palfreeman's potential release has been highly publicized in Bulgaria there's also a groundswell of silent supporters amongst locals, who believe a gross miscarriage of justice has taken place and think he should be freed but are too afraid to say so.

Jock Palfreeman parole bid delayed

  Jock Palfreeman parole bid delayed The Australian prisoner's hope for freedom in Bulgaria has been dealt another setback as protesters call for him to remain behind bars.Three judges sitting on Bulgaria's highest appeals court will rule within two months on a panel's decision to grant parole to the convicted murderer.

Just three days after Ukrainian soldier Oleksandr Lazarenko was taken prisoner in the war in Ukraine’s east, a peace agreement was signed under which the sides agreed to an “all-for-all” prisoner exchange. A year and a half later, his wife still waits desperately for his return.

Just three days after Ukrainian soldier Oleksandr Lazarenko was taken prisoner in the war in Ukraine's east, a peace agreement was signed under which the The sides cite widely varying figures for how many prisoners they're holding. Both appear to be holding the issue over the other's head to force

Jock Palfreeman standing in front of a book shelf: Jock Palfreeman standing by his bookcase at the Sofia Central Prison in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 2012.© AAP Jock Palfreeman standing by his bookcase at the Sofia Central Prison in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 2012.

Back home, his supporters rallied outside Sydney's Town Hall today in a bid to bring him home.

Meanwhile Palfreeman languishes in limbo, with more uncertainty than when he was in jail.

The 32-year-old is being held in an immigration detention centre in Sofia since his release on parole.

Father hopes Palfreeman is home for Xmas .
Jock Palfreeman's father says having his son home for Christmas would be a 'magical' moment for his extended family, but fears it won't happen.The 32-year-old Jock - who spent more than 11 years in a Bulgarian jail after being convicted of murder - was released on parole earlier this week but is subject to a travel ban.

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