Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Bulgarian police 'detain a suspect' in murder of journalist Viktoria Marinova

Video grab shows Bulgarian TV journalist Marinova in Ruse Bulgarian TV journalist Viktoria Marinova
Pablo Mccormick | 10 October, 2018, 07:54

Authorities have yet to find a motive behind the murder and said there was no evidence yet to connect her murder to her work.

A portrait of slain television reporter Viktoria Marinova is placed on the Liberty Monument next to flowers and candles during a vigil in Ruse, Bulgaria, Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Marinova's body was found in a park in Ruse on Saturday.

The TVN channel expressed shock over the killing of its colleague and board member, but declined to comment further.

The interior ministry said prosecutors were examining the GP Group, the company alleged to have misused European Union money, and froze $16 million of its assets. A Bulgarian investigative online media site went further, calling for an independent global inquiry and saying corruption could compromise an investigation by Bulgarian law enforcement. She had hosted a recently-launched program, interviewing investigative journalists about alleged corruption between businessman and politicians involving European Union funds.

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Interior Minister Mladen Marinov and Bulgaria's leading organized crime investigator, Ivaylo Spiridonov, are part of the investigating team.

While she did not appear to have been closely involved in the fraud investigation, her show touched on a sensitive subject in Bulgaria, where corruption is endemic.

Marinova is at least the third journalist to have suffered a violent death in the European Union alone over the past 12 months, after Jan Kuciak in Slovakia in February and Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta in October a year ago.

"Shocked by horrific murder of investigative journalists Victoria Marinova in #Bulgaria", read a tweet from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

The German government also sharply condemned the slaying, with the Foreign Ministry saying it was imperative "that there's a fast investigation and that this awful event will be illuminated as comprehensively as possible".

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The prosecutor general, Sotir Tsatsarov, said on Monday that while nothing was being ruled out, it was unlikely that Marinova's killing was connected to her work, reports the Times.

She was a director of TVN, a TV station in Ruse, and a TV presenter for two investigative programmes. The journalists, Attila Biro and Dimitar Stoyanov, had been detained in September for their work.

Bulgarian media reports said that over the a year ago Marinova had reported on an ongoing investigation into alleged corruption involving European Union funds for the broadcaster TVN.

But that assertion was contradicted by Asen Yordanov, the owner of the investigative website, bivol.bg, who told AFP that he had received information that his reporters were in danger of being assaulted.

"They are on the right path, but let's see how the investigation proceeds", he said.

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