Jock Palfreeman will stand his trial not on October 23, but earlier – on October 7. The decision was taken by the deputy head of the Supreme Court of Cassation and a head of the Criminal College – Galina Zaharova. However, this was supposed to be done by Galina Toneva, the head of the Second Criminal department with members Zhanina Nacheva, Biser Troyanov and Nadezhda Trifonova. The Code says that the lawsuit date is supposed to be defined by the head of the department. So eventually Zaharova disaccredited Toneva.
Rescheduling the date with an earlier one is not only quite unusual, but also groundless. The motives include that Palfreeman had no opportunity to move freely. Meanwhile there are two pending proceedings – before the Sofia city court and the Administrative court of Sofia.
Nevertheless, the Sofia city court denied to deliver judgment on that case as one of the prohibitions for departure has expired. Meanwhile the Administrative court of Sofia denied the claim of Palfreeman’s defender that he is released to the Busmantsi Detention Centre.
The Inspectorate of the Supreme Judicial Council will decide what was the reason for breaking the principles and the Judicial System Act when it came to the lawsuit of Jock Palfreeman.