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Lawyer says Palfreeman situation a ‘mess’

By AAP Newswire

A well known Bulgarian civil rights lawyer has labelled the legal situation Jock Palfreeman is facing a "bloody mess".

Palfreeman, 32, spent more than 11 years in a Bulgarian jail after being convicted of murder. He was released on parole earlier this week but is subject to a travel ban.

The prosecutor-general has asked Bulgaria's highest court to re-examine the case, leaving many - including his father - worried he may be sent back to jail to serve the rest of his sentence.

Lawyer Nikolay Hadjigenov says the decision to release Palfreeman on parole was the "right and legal" decision but that it had been hijacked by some groups within Bulgaria who were turning the situation into a "political s**tshow".

Palfreeman'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.

He was convicted after fatally stabbing a local student in 2007, but has always maintained his innocence, saying he was defending a Roma being attacked by football hooligans.

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.

It's a move Mr Hadjigenov says is "really dangerous".

In a statement to AAP the lawyer said Palfreemen would need huge media and diplomatic attention in order to get home.