It ap­pears ‘rape and mur­der’ were not linked to re­porter’s work, says the government

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BUCHAREST, RO­MA­NIA—Bulgarian po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the rape and slay­ing of a fe­male tele­vi­sion re­porter whose body was dumped near the Danube River af­ter she re­ported on the pos­si­ble mis­use of Euro­pean Union funds in Bul­garia.

Au­thor­i­ties dis­cov­ered the body of 30-year-old Vik­to­ria Mari­nova on Satur­day in the north­ern town of Ruse near the Ro­ma­nian bor­der. Po­lice said she had been raped, beaten and stran­gled and her body was found in a park near the river.

Mari­nova was a di­rec­tor of TVN, a small TV sta­tion in Ruse, and a TV pre­sen­ter for two in­ves­tiga­tive pro­grams.

Jour­nal­ists’ groups and for­eign of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing Har­lem De­sir, the me­dia free­dom rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Se­cu­rity and Co-op­er­a­tion in Europe, ex­pressed shock at the killing and de­manded a “full and thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion” into Mari­nova’s slay­ing.

A Bulgarian in­ves­tiga­tive on­line me­dia site went even fur­ther, call­ing for an in­de­pen­dent in­ter­na­tional in­quiry, say­ing that a Bulgarian probe into the slay­ing could be com­pro­mised by cor­rupt Bulgarian of­fi­cials.

But In­te­rior Min­is­ter Mladen Mari­nov in­sisted Mon­day there was no ev­i­dence to sug­gest the killing was linked to Mari­nova’s Bulgarian jour­nal­ist Vik­to­ria Mari­nova from TVN tele­vi­sion. Her body was dis­cov­ered by au­thor­i­ties on Satur­day. work.

“It is about rape and mur­der,” he said.

Chief pub­lic prose­cu­tor Sotir Tsat­sarov, on a trip to Rus­sia,

said au­thor­i­ties had no new leads on the mo­tive.

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