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Australia Father hopes Palfreeman is home for Xmas

10:26  17 october  2019
10:26  17 october  2019 Source:

Bulgarian judges have two months to decide parole fate of Australian

  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.

Palfreeman ’s father , Simon Palfreeman , said the family hoped to be reunited him as soon as possible. “It’s a funny feeling, because I think it’s been a Palfreeman is the eldest of three brothers who grew up in Sydney. He attended the prestigious St Ignatius College, Riverview, and campaigned on social

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

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.© AAP Images 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. Jock Palfreeman's father says it would be "magical" to have his son home for Christmas but he's worried the "corrupt process" that saw him jailed in Bulgaria may mean he'll never return to Australia.

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.

The prosecutor-general has also asked Bulgaria's highest court to re-examine the case.

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.

Australian convicted of stabbing a student to death in 2007 ordered to remain in Sofia.

Jock Palfreeman was convicted of unprovoked murder and jailed for twenty years after a melee on Jock Palfreeman was convicted of a murder after a melee in which one boy was fatally stabbed and In this episode all hopes focus on an appeal hearing as Simon Palfreeman is pushed to new limits.

Simon Palfreeman says despite his son tasting freedom for the first time in a decade he's worried Jock may be sent back to jail to serve the rest of his sentence.

"It's incredibly worrying that Jock could get so close within the legal system of Bulgaria to the point where we're actually looking at how to get him home, and then to be stopped at the last minute by the same corrupt process that saw him jailed for 20 years in the first place," the Newcastle-based pathologist told AAP on Thursday.

"I've got to the stage now where until he's back on Australian soil, I really do not trust that he will be let out of Bulgaria."

Nevertheless, Mr Palfreeman is desperately hoping his son could be back in NSW by Christmas to be reunited with his ailing grandparents.

'No deviation' in Jock Palfreeman proceedings, Australian diplomat reportedly says

  'No deviation' in Jock Palfreeman proceedings, Australian diplomat reportedly says Australia's top diplomat in Athens reportedly says Jock Palfreeman's detention is "proceeding according to Bulgarian law", just six days after Foreign Minister Marise Payne said she was "concerned".The minister attributed the following statement to Jon Philp, the Charge d'Affaires at the Australian Embassy in Athens: "Australia is aware that currently everything is proceeding according to Bulgarian law and there are no deviations in the judiciary process.

The father of Jock Palfreeman , an Australian sentenced to jail for murder, has pleaded with a Bulgarian court to set his son free.

Palfreeman was on Tuesday night released from the detention centre. Jock Palfreeman has been released from custody in Bulgaria but is not allowed to leave the country while his I am out of prison today, for the second time. I hope everything will be over quickly,' he told reporters on Tuesday night.

"Having him home for Christmas would be a great thing for him, but also a magical moment for his extended family," he said.

"I just hope the Bulgarian system is strong enough to withstand this corrupt assault."

Jock's parole angered nationalist politicians in Bulgaria prompting the chief prosecutor to ask for the review. The Supreme Court of Cassation has two months to make a decision.

Jock's Bulgarian lawyer Kalin Angelov says it would be a "huge catastrophe" if he's returned to jail.

"I don't know what will happen," the lawyer told AAP.

"We're in some very strange legal territory and nothing is following the rules."

Foreign Minister Marise Payne on Thursday said the Australian government was concerned "if non-legal issues were seen to have an influence on the process".

"We have called and continued to call for the Bulgarian authorities to allow Mr Palfreeman to travel to Australia given his paroled status," Senator Payne told parliament.

Mr Palfreeman and his wife Helen have drawn strength from Jock's character as demonstrated by his work setting up the Bulgarian Prisoners' Rehabilitation Association.

"It's amazing that after almost 12 years of imprisonment in such terrible circumstances he's managed to maintain passion, emotion, a sense of humour and an ability to achieve results," he told AAP.

Jock dreaming of Palfreeman Christmas .
Jock Palfreeman says he hopes to reunite with his family and friends in Australia and "relax on a beach somewhere", but will always love the Bulgarian people.Palfreeman, 32, is in limbo for two months as Bulgaria's Supreme Court of Cassation examines an appeal court's decision to grant him parole, following an unprecedented application from the prosector-general.

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