CLOSEGerman prosecutors say man admits attacking Bulgarian journalist

The frame of Bulgarian journalist Viktoria Marinova was once present in a park on Saturday, making her the 3rd journalist to had been murdered within the European Union in a yr, the Guardian reviews.

BERLIN – A 21-year-old suspect arrested within the slaying of a Bulgarian tv journalist has confessed to the assault however denies raping and robbing her, German prosecutors stated Friday.

Severin Krassimirov, a Bulgarian citizen, was once apprehended Tuesday night time out of doors the town of Hamburg on a European arrest warrant in reference to the dying of Viktoria Marinova.

Marinova’s frame was once discovered Saturday close to the Danube River within the northern Bulgarian the city of Ruse. She have been raped and strangled.

Prosecutors within the town of Celle, who’re dealing with the case in Germany, stated the suspect confessed to them all the way through his interrogation that he had attacked the reporter in a park whilst he was once below the “strong influence of alcohol and drugs.”

They stated he instructed them that he had gotten into a controversy with a lady he didn’t know, hit her within the face and threw her into timber.

“He denied intending to kill her and also denies raping and robbing the woman,” Celle prosecutors stated.

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Marinova hosted a display remaining month that includes two investigative newshounds who have been detained for his or her paintings on suspected fraud involving European Union finances. While Marinova didn’t seem to have been intently concerned within the fraud investigation, her display touched on a delicate topic in Bulgaria, the place corruption is endemic, and there was once in style hypothesis that she can have been centered for her paintings as a reporter.

Prosecutors stated of their observation, alternatively, that based totally upon their wondering of the suspect, “a political background (to the crime) cannot be drawn from his confession.”

Celle prosecutors additionally licensed his extradition to Bulgaria, which they say will happen inside the subsequent 10 days.


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