Suspect held over Bulgarian journalist’s homicide

SOFIA: German police have arrested a person suspected of the rape and homicide of Bulgarian tv journalist Viktoria Marinova, Bulgarian officers mentioned on Wednesday.

However Bulgarian prosecutors mentioned that, at the least for now, the killing doesn’t seem linked to her work as a journalist.

The physique of 30-year-old Marinova — who introduced a present affairs discuss programme known as Detector for the small TVN tv channel — was found on a riverside path within the northern Bulgarian city of Ruse on Saturday.

Authorities mentioned she died from blows to the pinnacle and suffocation. She was additionally raped.

The Bulgarian suspect was picked up late Tuesday on the request of Bulgarian authorities, Inside Minister Mladen Marinov instructed a information convention. “Now we have sufficient proof linking this particular person to the scene of the crime,” he mentioned.

German police confirmed a 20-year-old man was arrested within the city of Stade close to Hamburg on suspicion of raping, robbing and killing Marinova.

A German police assertion mentioned that the method of extraditing the person to Bulgaria had begun and {that a} request had been filed with the related regional courtroom.

Such procedures below the European arrest warrant can take something from just a few days as much as a number of weeks to finish.

Bulgaria’s chief prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov named the suspect as Severin Krasimirov, born in 1997, and mentioned he was already sought in reference to one other rape and homicide.

“At this stage, we don’t consider that the homicide is linked” to Marinova’s work, Tsatsarov mentioned. “However we’re persevering with to take a look at all hypotheses.” “The proof that now we have at this stage leads us to consider it was a spontaneous assault to sexually abuse the sufferer.”

The assault has shocked the nation and drawn worldwide condemnation amid hypothesis the homicide may very well be linked to Marinova’s work as a journalist.

An episode of her programme aired on Sept 30 featured interviews with two investigative journalists from Bulgaria and Romania who had been engaged on corruption allegations.

However plenty of specialists in Bulgaria have been extra sceptical a few political motive, arguing that Marinova was not an investigative journalist and the best way the killing was carried out didn’t slot in with such a state of affairs.

Printed in , October 11th, 2018

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