Current Jock Palfreeman

shellyg

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An Australian, Jock Palfreeman, has been unexpectedly granted parole after serving 11 years behind bars for murder in Bulgaria.
Palfreeman, now 32, was serving a 20-year sentence for fatally stabbing a Bulgarian law student, Andrei Monov, 23, during a brawl in the capital, Sofia, in 2007.

He has always insisted he acted in self defence.

Palfreeman left Australia to travel Europe when he was 19 and arrived in Bulgaria in 2006. He spent five months renovating a house in a town 50km from Sofia and reportedly began carrying pepper spray after he saw, and fell victim to, a number of assaults.

There was a spate of violent attacks against Romany people in Bulgaria in 2007. A 2013 profile of Palfreeman in the Australian press said he had previously intervened in an attack on a “Gypsy” man and he claimed he entered the brawl on 28 December 2007, to help two Roma who were being assaulted by a group of men, including Monov.

Monov’s parents were influential and a number of senior political figures, including the head of Bulgaria’s court of appeal, attended his funeral.

Earlier this year he went on a 33 day hunger strike he said was a response to Bulgarian authorities cracking down on the Australian for exposing corruption in the country’s prison system and the abuse of inmates.

While he's been granted parole and promised release as soon as his passport arrived, an emergency Australian passport was issued to him over five days ago, he's still not out with the Chief Prosecutor lodging a 'very irregular application' to have his parole reversed and freedom blocked.

Under existing Bulgarian law, parole decisions by Sofia's Court of Appeal are final and cannot be reviewed.

Palfreeman's situation has been taken on by the far right and exploited at political rallies. A march through Sofia was led yesterday by Hristo Monov, an influential former politician. It was his son, Andrei Monov, who died in the 2007 fight.

He rallied his supporters to campaign for the sacking of Kalin Kalpakchiev, the judge who presided over Palfreeman's appeal.

"The national identity is threatened when there is no justice in the judicial system," he said.

It's getting quite ugly with the Bulgarian Foreign Minister rejecting Marise Payne's request for a meeting. There's talk Manov's family is seeking $800,000 in compensation.

 

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shellyg

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He's been released from detention but the authorities have got his passport, so he's stuck. Journalists have asked him if he's afraid for his life now and he's been very smart in his reply, saying he has faith in Bulgarians to keep him safe. So, yes I think he might be marked.

 

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