Australia Jock Palfreeman released from Bulgarian detention centre after being granted parole
Bulgarian judges have two months to decide parole fate of Australian
Jock Palfreeman was granted early parole after serving 11 years behind bars for a fatal stabbing in 2007 – and will stay behind bars until a second ruling is announced.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.
Australian Jock Palfreeman has been released from detention in Bulgaria nearly a month after being granted parole.
Palfreeman was released from Busmantsi Detention Centre in Sofia on Tuesday evening local time and told media that authorities have his passport and there is still a ban on him leaving the country.
A senior interior ministry official said Palfreeman had to stay in the country until the historic ban was lifted.
"He will have to show up at an interior ministry office once a week until a ban to leave the country, issued back in 2011, is lifted," Nikolay Nikolov, the head of the Interior Ministry's migration unit, told reporters.
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.
Palfreeman, 32, had served more than 11 years of a 20-year sentence for the December 2007 stabbing murder of 20-year-old student Andrei Monov, whose father is an influential former member of parliament.
Palfreeman has always maintained he had acted in self-defence, claiming he stabbed Mr Monov after he was attacked by him and a group of friends in Sofia's central square.
His lawyer recently released, which Mr Palfreeman said was evidence he was innocent of the murder charge of which he was convicted in 2009.
The September 19 decision by the Court of Appeal to grant him parole sparked controversy in the Bulgarian capital, with politicians decrying the decision.
The case has dominated the local press, and far right rallies have been held calling for the appeals court judges to be sacked.
There is no legal mechanism by which Palfreeman should be detained.
Consular officials issued him with an emergency passport days after he got parole.
On October 7, the Supreme Court of Cassation heard a highly irregular appeal brought by Bulgaria's powerful prosecutor-general to have Palfreeman returned to jail and his case reopened.
The Supreme Court of Cassation is still yet to rule on the application.
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