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Bulgaria: Despite Court Order, Australian Still Detained

(Budapest) – Bulgarian authorities should clarify the legal basis for the continued detention of an Australian citizen, Paul “Jock” Palfreeman, or release him immediately, Human Rights Watch said today. Palfreeman appears to have been unlawfully detained in the Busmantsi immigration detention center in Sofia since September 19, 2019, when the Sofia Appellate Court ordered his conditional release — parole — and his deportation to Australia. Although the Appellate Court’s ruling is final under Bulgarian law, the prosecutor general challenged the ruling in the Supreme Court of Cassation, contending…

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