Mur­dered jour­nal­ist’s fu­neral held in Bul­garia

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY TIM SMITH

HUN­DREDS of rel­a­tives, friends and col­leagues of Bul­gar­ian jour­nal­ist Vik­to­ria Mari­nova have at­tended her fu­neral in her na­tive town of Ruse.

It took place just af­ter Ger­man po­lice an­nounced that a sus­pect has ac­knowl­edged at­tack­ing her.

Peo­ple queued at the Holy Trin­ity Cathe­dral to pay trib­ute and lay flow­ers at the cof­fin of the 30-year old, whose body was found in a park near the Danube River on Satur­day. She is sur­vived by a seven-year-old daugh­ter.

Ruse mayor Pla­men Stoilov told re­porters that “the bru­tal slay­ing has cast a shadow over the peace­ful city”.

Bul­gar­ian prose­cu­tors have iden­ti­fied the sus­pect as 21-yearold Severin Kras­simirov. He has been charged in ab­sen­tia for the rape and killing, and Bul­garia has sought his ex­tra­di­tion from Ger­many, where he was ar­rested on an in­ter­na­tional war­rant.

Ger­man prose­cu­tors ear­lier said Kras­simirov told them he had not meant to kill Mari­nova, and he de­nied rap­ing or rob­bing her. He is to be ex­tra­dited.

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