Bul­gar­ian charged over jour­nal­ist death

Shanghai Daily - - WORLD - (Reuters)

A BUL­GAR­IAN man has been de­tained in Ger­many over the rape and mur­der of tele­vi­sion jour­nal­ist Vik­to­ria Mari­nova, of­fi­cials said yes­ter­day, as Prime Min­is­ter Boyko Borissov said jour­nal­ists in Bulgaria had to­tal free­dom to write and re­port.

The sus­pect was ar­rested on Tues­day at the re­quest of Bulgaria, In­te­rior Min­is­ter Mladen Mari­nov told a news brief­ing at­tended by Borissov and the coun­try’s chief prose­cu­tor.

He has been charged over the killing and Bul­gar­ian au­thor­i­ties were ex­pect­ing Ger­many to ex­tra­dite him to Bulgaria, Chief Prose­cu­tor Sotir Tsat­sarov said.

The In­te­rior Min­istry of the Ger­man state of Lower Sax­ony con­firmed that a 20-year old sus­pect has been ar­rested in the city of Stade in the home of rel­a­tives’ on Tues­day night and was due to be brought be­fore a mag­is­trate yes­ter­day.

The body of the 30-year-old jour­nal­ist, who po­lice said had been raped, beaten and suf­fo­cated, was found on Satur­day.

On her last TV show, on Septem­ber 30, Mari­nova in­tro­duced two jour­nal­ists who were in­ves­ti­gat­ing sus­pected cor­rup­tion in­volv­ing EU funds and said her own show, “De­tec­tor,” on lo­cal tele­vi­sion sta­tion NTV, would carry out sim­i­lar in­ves­ti­ga­tions. No link has been es­tab­lished to her work so far and Borissov crit­i­cized Bul­gar­i­ans who he said had rushed to men­tion Bulgaria along with Malta and Slo­vakia, where jour­nal­ists had been killed re­cently for their work.

Daphne Caru­ana Gal­izia, Malta’s best-known in­ves­tiga­tive re­porter, was killed when a bomb blew up her car in Oc­to­ber last year and Slo­vak jour­nal­ist Jan Ku­ciak was shot dead in Fe­bru­ary. Borissov said jour­nal­ists in Bulgaria had “to­tal free­dom to write and re­port on any topic.”

The sus­pect was iden­ti­fied as Sev­erin Krasimirov from Ruse, who lived near the park where Mari­nova’s body was found. He left the coun­try on Sun­day, the in­te­rior min­is­ter said. Chief Prose­cu­tor Tsat­sarov said he could not say at this stage if the mur­der was linked to her work as a jour­nal­ist. The col­lected ev­i­dence so far pointed to a spon­ta­neous at­tack, he said.

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