Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

Germany to extradite suspect in killing of Bulgarian journalist soon

Hundreds Mourn Bulgarian Journalist Who Was Raped Murdered Man held over killing of Bulgarian journalist 'admits attacking her'
Jeannette Daniel | 13 October, 2018, 11:00

The picture of killed Bulgarian journalist Viktoria Marinova and a condolence book are seen before her funeral service in Holy Trinity Cathedral in Ruse, Bulgaria, October 12, 2018.

A number of Bulgarian TV channels have broadcast interviews with the suspect's mother, Nadezhda Krasimirova, speaking from her home in the German town of Stade, who said her son had confessed to her the killing and was about to give himself up when he was arrested.

In a case that shocked Bulgaria and drew worldwide condemnation, mourners bearing flowers and wreaths flocked to the northern town of Ruse to pay their respects to Marinova, whose body was discovered near a jogging path next to the Danube last Saturday.

German prosecutors say the suspect arrested in the slaying of a Bulgarian television journalist has confessed to the attack but denies raping and robbing her.

Bulgaria's chief prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov named the suspect as Severin Krasimirov, born in 1997.

In a statement, the German prosecutor said Mr Krasimirov denied intending to kill her, raping her or robbing her.

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The 20-year-old man admitted to hitting a woman whom he did not know in a park on the banks of the Danube before throwing her in a bush while under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Celle prosecutors also approved his extradition to Bulgaria, which they said will take place within the next 10 days.

Bulgarian Interior Minister Mladen Marinov said earlier that investigators had spoken to Marinova's family and friends and declared that "there is no apparent link to her work", but added that investigators are examining all possible leads.

While Marinova did not appear to have been closely involved in the fraud investigation, her show touched on a sensitive subject in Bulgaria, where corruption is endemic, and there was widespread speculation that she may have been targeted for her work as a reporter.

The U.S. State Department on Thursday joined European leaders in urging Bulgarian authorities to investigate the journalist's death thoroughly.

Bulgaria is regarded as a laggard in the European Union in terms of press freedom, ranking 111th out of 180 countries, according to Reporters Without Borders (RSF). "A free press strengthens democracy and deserves protection".

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