Bulgaria: Anti-Fascist gets 20 years prison

Jock Palfreeman, a 23 year old Australian with British connections, who spent some time in Bristol, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison in Bulgaria on 2/12/09. He has been on remand at Sofia central prison for 2 years.

In Sofia in late December 2007 he intervened when he saw a gang of 15+ Bulgarian football hooligans, with undoubted neo-nazi tendencies, attack 2 Roma (gypsy) people. The gang then attacked Jock with lumps of concrete, and in self-defence he killed one and injured another. The dead man came from a well-known Bulgarian family with political connections.

2 years later after a long eventful trial with many dubious practices and a clear political flavour, Jock is found guilty in an obvious miscarriage of justice. Self-defence is no offence.

Details at http://www.freejock.net/ and our blog

We are awaiting a response from his campaign regards specifics that people could do to help. In the meantime familiarisation with the case, publicity, and letters of support to Jock will help.

cheers

ABC Bristol

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