Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Suspect arrested in murder of Bulgarian journalist, report says

Suspect arrested in murder of Bulgarian journalist, report says

The minister said investigators had spoken to Marinova's family and friends and "there is no apparent link to her work".

He has been identified as 21-year-old Severin Krasimirov, but prosecutors are not yet sure whether the murder was linked to Ms Marinova's work.

A man detained on Tuesday in Bulgaria was released without charge.

Thousands of Bulgarians held commemorations on Monday evening, with the largest crowds turning out in Ruse, where Marinova was brutally assaulted and murdered in broad daylight on Saturday.

The 30-year-old reporter had most recently hosted investigative journalists on her television show who had reported on the misuse of European Union funds by Bulgarian authorities.

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Her final show on September 30 was a program about Attila Biro, an investigative journalist with the Rise Project Romania, and Dimitar Stoyanov from the Bulgarian investigative site Bivol.bg.

Marinov said the suspect had a criminal record for scrap-metal theft.

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.

Azoulay said, "this is essential to defend freedom of expression and freedom of information in Bulgaria and, not least important, to ensure women's safety, dignity and freedom".

Bulgarian media reported that Krassimirov's mother lives in Germany.

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

bTV, another Bulgarian broadcaster, claimed that police had found the journalist's mobile phone in the suspect's apartment in the northern town of Ruse. Prior to the TVN interview's broadcast, the Romanians had been briefly detained by Bulgarian authorities.

Marinova, who served as a member of the management team of the private television station TVN, hosted a show last month featuring two journalists who had investigated suspected fraud involving European Union funds linked to businessmen and politicians in Bulgaria.

In October, one of Malta's best-known journalists, Daphne Caruana Galizia, who had worked on the Panama Papers revelations, was killed after a bomb exploded in a rented auto she was using. Both Kuciak and Caruana Galizia were also known for their work exposing corruption.

Marinova's killing has stunned Bulgaria and sparked an global outcry, with European governments calling for a thorough investigation into her death.

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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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