Ger­many ar­rests sus­pect over killing of Bul­gar­ian jour­nal­ist

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Ger­man po­lice have ar­rested a man sus­pected of the rape and mur­der of Bul­gar­ian tele­vi­sion jour­nal­ist Vik­to­ria Mari­nova, Bul­gar­ian of­fi­cials said Wed­nes­day.

But Bul­gar­ian pros­e­cu­tors said that, at least for now, the killing does not ap­pear linked to her work as a jour­nal­ist.

The body of 30-year-old Mari­nova – who pre­sented a cur­rent af­fairs talk pro­gram called De­tec­tor for the small TVN tele­vi­sion chan­nel – was dis­cov­ered on a river­side path in the north­ern Bul­gar­ian town of Ruse on Satur­day.

Au­thor­i­ties said she died from blows to the head and suf- fo­ca­tion. She was also raped.

The Bul­gar­ian sus­pect was picked up late Tues­day at the re­quest of Bul­gar­ian au­thor­i­ties, In­te­rior Min­is­ter Mladen Mari­nov told a news con­fer­ence.

“We have enough proof link­ing this per­son to the scene of the crime,” he said.

Ger­man po­lice con­firmed a 20-year-old man was ar­rested in the town of Stade near Ham­burg on sus­pi­cion of rap­ing, rob­bing and killing Mari­nova.

A Ger­man po­lice state­ment said that the process of ex­tra­dit­ing the man to Bul­garia had be­gun and that a re­quest had been filed with the rel­e­vant re- gional court.

Such pro­ce­dures un­der the Eu­ro­pean ar­rest war­rant can take any­thing from a few days up to sev­eral weeks to com­plete.

Bul­garia’s chief pros­e­cu­tor Sotir Tsat­sarov named the sus­pect as Sev­erin Krasimirov, born in 1997, and said he was al­ready sought in con­nec­tion with an­other rape and mur­der.

“At this stage, we do not be­lieve that the mur­der is linked” to Mari­nova’s work, Tsat­sarov said. “But we are con­tin­u­ing to look at all hy­pothe­ses.”

“The ev­i­dence that we have at this stage leads us to be­lieve it was a spon­ta­neous at­tack to sex­u­ally abuse the vic­tim.”

The at­tack has shocked the coun­try and drawn in­ter­na­tional con­dem­na­tion amid spec­u­la­tion the mur­der could be linked to Mari­nova’s work as a jour­nal­ist.

An episode of her pro­gram aired on Septem­ber 30 fea­tured in­ter­views with two in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ists from Bul­garia and Ro­ma­nia who had been work­ing on cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions.

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