Hun­dreds pay their fi­nal re­spects at funeral of mur­dered Bul­gar­ian journalist

The Herald - - INTERNATIONAL -

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

The funeral 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.

An Ortho­dox priest per­formed a liturgy with a pro­ces­sion pass­ing the cof­fin to pay last re­spects be­fore the funeral.

Mari­nova 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-year-old Sev­erin Kras­simirov. He has been charged in ab­sen­tia for the rape and killing, and Bul­garia has sought his extradition from Ger­many.

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

The Celle pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice said the sus­pect con­fessed to be­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol and drugs when he got into an ar­gu­ment with a woman he did not know in a park. They say he told them he hit her in the face and threw her into bushes but “de­nied the in­tent to kill”.

Prose­cu­tors said Kras­simirov will be ex­tra­dited within the next 10 days.

Mari­nova hosted a show last month fea­tur­ing two in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ists who were de­tained for their work on sus­pected fraud in­volv­ing EU funds.

While Mari­nova did not ap­pear to have been closely in­volved in the fraud in­ves­ti­ga­tion, her show touched on a sen­si­tive sub­ject in Bul­garia, where cor­rup­tion is en­demic, and there was wide­spread spec­u­la­tion that she may have been tar­geted for her work.

Bul­gar­ian In­te­rior Min­is­ter Mladen Mari­nov ear­lier said that in­ves­ti­ga­tors had briefed Mari­nova’s fam­ily and friends and that “there is no ap­par­ent link to her work”.

„ Vik­to­ria Mari­nova’s funeral in Ruse, Bul­garia.

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