21 year old arrested for killing a Bulgarian journalist Viktoria Marinova

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HAMBURG, Germany

A 21 year old Bulgarian citizen has been arrested in the rape and killing of Bulgarian journalist Viktoria Marinova, German Police has confirmed.

According to Bulgaria’s prosecutor general, Sotir Tsatsarov, the arrested suspect is Severin Krassimirov, a 21-year-old Bulgarian citizen.

“We have collected a lot of evidence which for the time being suggests that the person is guilty. He has been charged in absence for two crimes rape and premeditated murder with extreme cruelty,” he said. 

German Prosecutors said the suspect was arrested on Tuesday evening outside the city of Hamburg on a European arrest warrant and they will examine the possibility whether he can be extradited and apply to have him put in formal custody.

Bulgarian Interior Minister Mladen Marinov said investigators had found DNA evidence on the clothes and body of 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.

Marinov confirmed that the suspect, 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.” Tsatsarov, the chief prosecutor, said the evidence suggested it was “a spontaneous attack, not premeditated”.

“We cannot state at this point that her murder is linked to her professional activity. We are continuing to work on all possible options.”

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