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Suspect in Bulgarian journalist slaying arrested in Germany

Authorities discovered the body of 30-year-old Viktoria Marinova on Saturday in the northern town of Ruse near the Romanian border Suspect in Bulgarian journalist slaying arrested in Germany
Stacy Diaz | 10 October, 2018, 11:21

The Balkan nation joined the European Union in 2007 and was ranked 71st on Transparency International's corruption list a year ago.

Bulgarian national radio station BNR had reported on Tuesday that a Romanian citizen had been taken into custody in relation to the murder of broadcast journalist Viktoria Marinova, who was found dead on Saturday in the Danube port city of Ruse.

Sotir Tsatsarov confirmed the arrest of Severin Krasimirov, a Bulgarian citizen, but gave no further details.

Marinova's killing has sparked an worldwide outcry, with European governments calling for a thorough investigation into her death.

"There is physical evidence to link to the murder", Marinov said Wednesday.

Atanassov told reporters that the man had not been named a suspect in the murder.

"The shocking news about the murder of Victoria Marinova, an investigative journalist, seemingly linked to her reports on investigations into alleged corruption involving European Union funds, urges us to take immediate action at all levels and with all legal means", Moraes wrote.

The attack has shocked the country and drawn worldwide condemnation amid speculation the murder could be linked to Marinova's work as a journalist.

Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, said attacks on journalists erode fundamental human rights to freedom of expression and press.

An episode of her programme aired on September 30 featured interviews with two investigative journalists from Bulgaria and Romania who had been working on corruption allegations.

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

While the reporter did not appear to have been intimately involved in uncovering the alleged fraud, her show touched on a sensitive subject in Bulgaria, where corruption is endemic.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has condemned the "brutal" killing of investigative reporter Victoria Marinova, declaring it as outrageous. Caruana Galizia was killed in a auto bombing in October in Malta and Jan Kuciak was murdered in Slovakia in February.

Prosecutors have said "all leads" are being considered, including possible links to Marinova's professional activity.

"Investigative journalists are being systematically removed", she said.

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