«My fear is that the time is now approaching when starvation could cause permanent damage,» Dr Palfreeman told the ABC.
Palfreeman’s lawyer Kalin Angelov said in a post to supporters that Bulgarian authorities have been cracking down on the Australian for exposing corruption in the prison system and the abuse of inmates.
Mr Angelov said the Australian has been a model inmate with a completely clean record, until a new national government was elected in May 2017.
The incoming administration then began to wind back all Palfreeman’s privileges, his lawyer said.
Palfreeman launched his parole bid in May 2018, but Mr Angelov claims the authorities responded by punishing his client over a series of minor and untested allegations.
Mr Angelov said his client had been sacked from his prison job and denied access to phone cards to contact the outside world.
At one point, his lawyer claimed, Palfreeman was also moved from a low-security facility to the Sofia Prison hospital’s infectious disease unit, where he was kept with tuberculosis patients in attempt at «deliberate infection».
Mr Angelov said the 32-year-old is challenging all his punishments in the courts, but sadly felt it necessary to withdraw his parole bid.
«Regardless of the potential for positive outcomes from his lawsuits, an excuse can always be found for him to be punished again and again,» Mr Angelov wrote.
«He learned the harsh truth that whatever his behaviour in prison is, he would be kept in a situation of the permanently ‘guilty of something’ prisoner during the remaining years of his sentence.»