Suspect in Bulgarian journalist's killing arrested in Germany

Suspect in Bulgarian journalist's killing arrested in Germany

It is not known if the killing is linked to Ms Marinova's work at a local TV station, but Bulgaria is said to be the worst country in the European Union for press freedom.

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

On Tuesday, a Romanian suspect was arrested and later released in relation to Marinova's death.

Bulgarian police are investigating the rape, beating and slaying of Marinova, whose body was dumped near the Danube River after she reported on the possible misuse of European Union funds in Bulgaria.

Bulgarian interior minister Mladen Marinov initially denied that Marinova's murder was linked to her reporting, and said there was no evidence she had been threatened.

But even as investigators worked to establish a motive and apprehend a suspect, competing narratives emerged about whether Marinova had been targeted for her journalism or whether she was the victim of a random crime.

He said Krassimirov, a resident of Ruse, had a criminal record for scrap metal theft.

Bulgarian authorities are requesting his extradition, she said.

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However, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov lashed out at worldwide bodies and rights groups which had been quick to assume a political motive behind the murder.

"This is a topic on which no other Bulgarian national media dared to report on", he told The Associated Press.

She presented a current affairs talk programme called Detector for Ruse's small private TVN television.

The two investigative journalists were briefly detained in September while looking into the case.

In a recent program, she interviewed a Bulgarian journalist and one from Rise Romania, who had been temporarily detained in Bulgaria last month while conducting an investigation into a suspected EU-funds fraud.

Marinova is the third journalist to have suffered a violent death in the European Union over the past 12 months, after Jan Kuciak in Slovakia in February and Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta in October previous year. A Bulgarian investigative online media site went further, calling for an independent worldwide inquiry and saying corruption could compromise an investigation by Bulgarian law enforcement.

Bulgarian media reported that the park where her body was found is adjacent to a psychiatric facility and that authorities were investigating whether a patient could have attacked Marinova, reported The Washington Post.

Led by the anticorruption group BOETS, the demonstrators have pledged to continue protesting daily until the journalist's killer is found.

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