A 21-year-old man arrested over the killing of a Bulgarian tv journalist has confessed to attacking her, however denies raping and robbing her, German prosecutors have stated.
Severin Krasimirov, a Bulgarian citizen, was apprehended on Tuesday night outdoors Hamburg on a European arrest warrant in reference to the demise of Viktoria Marinova.
Marinova’s physique was discovered on Saturday close to the Danube within the northern Bulgarian city of Ruse. She had been raped and strangled.
Prosecutors within the metropolis of Celle, who’re dealing with the case in Germany, stated the suspect confessed to them throughout his interrogation that he had attacked the reporter in a park whereas he was underneath the “sturdy affect of alcohol and medicines”.
They stated he informed them he had bought into an argument with a lady he didn’t know, hit her within the face and threw her into bushes.
“He denied desiring to kill her and in addition denies raping and robbing the lady,” Celle prosecutors stated.
Marinova hosted a present final month that includes two investigative journalists who have been detained for his or her work on suspected fraud involving EU funds.
Whereas Marinova didn’t seem to have been carefully concerned within the fraud investigation, her present touched on a delicate topic in Bulgaria, the place corruption is endemic, and there was widespread hypothesis that she could have been focused for her work as a reporter.
Prosecutors stated of their assertion, nonetheless, that primarily based on their questioning of the suspect, “a political background [to the crime] can’t be drawn from his confession”.
Celle prosecutors additionally accepted his extradition to Bulgaria, which they stated will happen inside the subsequent 10 days.