woensdag 13 oktober 2010

Anti-fascist in prison in Bulgaria: Free Jock!

Deze nachtmerrie voor Jock Palfreeman loopt al enkele jaren, inmiddels was hij begin december 2009 tot 20 jaar veroordeeld en lopen er twee verschillende hoger beroepen door hem ingesteld. lees hieronder zijn verhaal en hoe je hem kan supporten ( Die Geschichte aufs Deutsch findest du auf dem Internationalen Webseite):

Jock Palfreeman is a 23 year old Australian who had the courage to stand up against 16 Nazis on a night out in Sofia, Bulgaria. He witnessed the fascists chasing and attacking two young Roma boys. Jock ran to the boys’ aid, he did his best to keep the Nazis at bay by waving a knife at them but they attacked him. Jock was left with nowhere to run and had no choice but to defend himself. Andrey Monov, one of the Nazis, was stabbed and killed and another, Antoan Zahariev was injured. The Roma boys ran away.

Jock has since been tried and sentenced for murder and attempted murder. He has been sentenced to 20 years imprisonment and has been fined 375,000 Australian dollars. Andey Monovs Father is well known in Bulgaria and at the funeral there were a mixture of judges, police and politicians.

Jocks trial was a complete sham – yet another example of corruption and secret hand shakes in the judicial system. The prosecutions case was built on the witness statements made by the other Nazis that were there that night, all claiming that Jock randomly attacked the group and chased them with the intent of killing somebody. Key people and possible witnesses were never interviewed by police and CCTV footage from the scene miraculously went missing and many of the statements made at the time were not the same as the statements submitted to the court by the prosecution. Jock has two appeals before his sentence becomes final.

We must campaign to free Jock and put pressure on Bulgarian authorities to accept his appeal. If his charges were downgraded to excessive use of force during self-defence, he would be already out. We must make sure that this judicial farce is highlighted and that they will not be able to repeat it again.

Latest news: in late May the senior judge in Jock’s case finally provided his written report on the reasons for the guilty verdict last December. It’s in Bulgarian of course! Jock’s defence team can now apply for an appeal hearing, which may take 6 months to be heard. In the meantime Jock has been stuck in isolation since 19 February and remains locked in a small room 23 hours per day, although ironically prison overcrowding means he shares with another prisoner. A couple of months later luckally he was moved back out of isolation. He can receive mail (letters only, no books etc), and visitors if you happen to be in the area. See on the bristolabc.wordpress previous reports on Jock.

Meer info vind je op; www.freejock.net en


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