Bulgaria set to free paroled Australian from detention

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A Bulgarian official says an Australian citizen who served 11 years in prison for fatally stabbing a Bulgarian man is set to be released from an immigration detention center before the end of the day.

A court unexpectedly ordered Jock Palfreeman paroled from prison last month. Bulgaria’s top prosecutor appealed.

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Immigration department director Nikola Nikolov said Palfreeman will be freed sometime Tuesday, but has to remain in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, and report to a local police station once a week.

Nikolov says authorities took Palfreeman’s Australian passport to make sure he doesn’t leave the country.

Palfreeman was found guilty of stabbing the Bulgarian student to death during a Sofia bar brawl and sentenced to a 20 years in prison.

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This story has been corrected to show that Palfreeman has to report to a local police station once a week, not every day.