Arrest Made in Murder of Bulgarian Journalist

It was a 'spontaneous attack,' prosecutors say.
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 10, 2018 4:22 AM CDT
Updated Oct 10, 2018 5:33 AM CDT
A portrait of slain television reporter Viktoria Marinova is placed on the Liberty Monument next to flowers and candles during a vigil in Ruse, Bulgaria, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018.   (AP Photo/Filip Dvorski)
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(Newser) – A suspect in the rape and killing of a Bulgarian television journalist whose work highlighted corruption in the East European country has been arrested in Germany, officials said Wednesday. Bulgaria's prosecutor general, Sotir Tsatsarov, confirmed the arrest of Severin Krassimirov, a 21-year-old Bulgarian citizen, but gave no further details of his location, the AP reports. German authorities were not immediately available. "We are currently following a European arrest procedure. The German prosecutor has arrested the suspect, they will then assess how to proceed," Tsatsarov said. He said evidence suggested it was "a spontaneous attack, not premeditated."

Interior Minister Mladen Marinov said investigators had found DNA evidence on the clothes and body of Viktoria Marinova, who was raped and strangled on Saturday in the northern town of Ruse. "There is physical evidence to link to the murder," Marinov said Wednesday. He said Krasimirov, a resident of Ruse, had a criminal record for scrap metal theft. The minister said investigators had spoken to Marinova's family and friends and "there is no apparent link to her work." Marinova hosted a show last month featuring two investigative journalists who were detained for their work on suspected fraud involving European Union funds—a sensitive subject in Bulgaria, where corruption is endemic.

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