Suspect Arrested In Rape, Slaying of Bulgarian Journalist

Bulgarian TV host Victoria Marinova raped and killed

Police in Germany arrested a suspect in connection with the rape and killing of Bulgarian journalist Viktoria Marinova, whose brutal slaying on Saturday elicited worldwide condemnation and accusations that the 30-year-old had been targeted for her investigative journalism.

The Bulgarian government said it believed the well-known television journalist was killed in a "spontaneous" sex attack, and that her death had nothing to do with her work.

Bivol.bg owner Assen Yordanov said he couldn't directly link Marinova's slaying to her work, but noted her September 30 show tackled "our very sensitive investigation into the misuse of European Union funds".

The body of 30-year-old Marinova - who presented a current affairs talk programme called Detector for the small TVN television channel - was discovered on a riverside path in the northern Bulgarian town of Ruse on Saturday.

According to the Washington Post, the investigation into the case is still underway. "Shocked by horrific murder of investigative journalists Victoria Marinova in #Bulgaria", read a tweet from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. A Bulgarian investigative online media site went even further, calling for an independent global inquiry, saying that a Bulgarian probe could be compromised by corrupt Bulgarian officials.

The Bulgarian suspect was picked up late Tuesday at the request of Bulgarian authorities, Interior Minister Mladen Marinov told a news conference.

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Boiko Borissov, the Bulgarian prime minister, summoned foreign ambassadors to a meeting in Sofia to complain at what he said were false allegations of press intimidation in the country.

Hundreds of Bulgarians turned out Monday night for vigils to honor Marinova.

"Whatever results the investigation (into Marinova's death) shows, people won't believe them", she said. He said Marinova was linked to bivol.bg's investigations because its reporters had appeared on her show.

But a number of experts in Bulgaria were more sceptical about a political motive, arguing that Marinova was not an investigative journalist and the way the killing was carried out did not fit in with such a scenario.

Yordanov said his journalists were getting threats to their safety for this reporting.

He quoted Juncker as saying previously that "too many" journalists are being intimidated, attacked or murdered and "there is no democracy without a free press". Jan Kuciak of Slovakia and Daphne Caruana Galizia of Malta were killed after exposing corruption.

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