Foreign Minister Bob Carr today expressed disappointment at a decision by Bulgaria’s Prosecutor-General to reject an application for the transfer of Jock Palfreeman to an Australian prison.
Senator Carr said the Australian Government will examine whether the Prosecutor-General’s decision can be appealed.
The Australian Government supports Mr Palfreeman’s transfer to Australia to serve the balance of his sentence and will continue efforts to secure this outcome.
Bulgaria’s Prosecutor-General has said that grounds do not currently exist for the transfer of Jock Palfreeman to Australia.
According to the Prosecutor-General, the application was rejected because Mr Palfreeman has served only five years of his 20 year sentence and for his conduct in prison.
“Jock and his family will be understandably very disappointed by the Prosecutor-General’s decision.
“The Australian Government will however examine whether options exist to have the matter reconsidered.
“The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will continue to provide consular assistance to Mr Palfreeman and his family,” Senator Carr said.
Jock Palfreeman was convicted of murder in 2009 and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.
Australia and Bulgaria are both participants in the International Transfer of Prisoners Scheme.