Web Desk(October 11, 2015): A man has been arrested over the rape and murder of the journalist Victoria Marinova, Bulgarian authorities have said, adding that they do not believe the attack was linked to Marinova’s work.
The body of Marinova, 30, was found by a passerby on Saturday after she had gone running along the Danube in Ruse, Bulgaria’s fifth biggest city. She presented a programme on TVN, a local channel.
The man, named as 21-year-old Bulgarian citizen Severin Krasimirov, was detained by German police near Hamburg on Tuesday, at the request of Bulgarian authorities.
The mother of the 20-year-old man arrested in Germany over the rape and murder of Bulgarian TV host Viktoria Marinova said her son had admitted his guilt to her, Bulgarian TV channel NOVA said on Thursday.
“He admitted he did it while drunk and heavily on drugs,” Nadezhda Krasimirova, toldNOVA TV’s reporter in Germany, where she lives. “He admitted and started to cry in front of me. He is not like that, I cannot grasp it,” she added.
Bulgarian prosecutors have charged Severin Krasimirov in absentia for the rape and killing and sought his extradition from Germany to stand trial in Bulgaria.