Viktoria Marinova murder: Suspect arrested in Germany over rape and killing of Bulgarian journalist

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Viktoria Marinova murder: Suspect arrested in Germany over rape and killing of Bulgarian journalist

A man has been arrested in Germany in connection with the rape and murder of a Bulgarian journalist who reported on alleged corruption.

Severin Krasimirov, a Bulgarian national, was detained on suspicion of killing 30-year-old Viktoria Marinova, whose badly beaten body was found in a park in the Danube border city of Ruse on Saturday.

The journalist’s murder shocked her country and prompted claims she may have been targeted as “a warning” because of her work. The European Commission has demanded a rapid investigation to bring her killers to justice.

A Romanian man arrested over Ms Marinova's murder on Tuesday has been released without charge, police said.

DNA evidence found on her body implicated Mr Krasimirov in the killing, said Bulgarian interior minister Mladen Marinov.

He said the suspect, a 21-year-old resident of Ruse, had a previous criminal conviction for scrap metal theft.

Investigators have found â €œno apparent link” to Ms Marinova’s work, the minister added.

The television journalist for local station TVN had presented a programme about alleged fraud involving EU funds days before the death.

While Ms Marinova did not appear to have been closely involved in the fraud investigation, her show Detector touched on a sensitive subject in Bulgaria, where corruption is endemic.

Following her killing, the owner of an investigative website that featured on the programme said he had received “credible” information that his journal ists were in danger.

“Viktoria’s death, the brutal manner in which she was killed, is an execution,” said owner Asen Yordanov. “It was meant to serve as an example, something like a warning.”

Bulgarian prosecutors have since launched an investigation GP Group, a large construction firm accused in the programme of embezzlement, and have frozen €14m (£12m) of the company's assets.

The country's chief prosecutor, Sotir Tsatsarov, said he could not yet say whether Ms Marinova's death was linked to her work.

At a press conference also attended by prime minister Boyko Borissov on Wednesday morning, he added Bulgaria expected Mr Krasimirov to be extradited from Germany.

Source: Google News Germany | Netizen 24 Germany

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