Germany detains new suspect in murder of Bulgarian journalist

Germany detains new suspect in murder of Bulgarian journalist

The detainee's DNA is 100% identical to the DNA samples that were found on the physical evidence from the crime scene.

A new suspect in the murder of Bulgarian journalist Viktoria Marinova was arrested in Germany. According to RIA Novosti, the Bulgarian TV channel Nova reports this citing a source familiar with the investigation.

According to the channel, the DNA of the detainee is 100% identical to the DNA samples that were found on evidence from the crime scene.

Residents of the town of Ruse, where the murder occurred, told the media that they established the identity of the detainee. According to reports, this is a young man born in 1997. Also, residents said that the city police temporarily detained his wife and aunt, but law enforcement agencies have not yet commented on this information.

Another Bulgarian television channel bTV reported that the police searched the apartment building and found the victim’s phone. It is unknown whose house it was and whether it was related to the new detainee.

The authorities have refused to comment. Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and Interior Minister Mladen Marinov are expected to hold a briefing at the ministerial council on Wednesday morning and will inform the public of new details of the investigation.

Earlier, the media reported that law enforcement officers detained a Romanian citizen of Ukrainian origin, leading a vagabond lifestyle. However, later it became known that he was not a suspect and had already been released.

Recall that the body of 30-year-old Marinova was found on Saturday in a park of the city of Ruse. According to the investigation, the woman was hit on the head, raped and strangled. A version of the premeditated murder related to the work of the journalist is being considered. Marinova hosted the Detector program, in which she interviewed journalists investigating embezzlement from EU funds.

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