An undated handout photo made available by TVN on Oct 7, 2018 shows late 30-year-old’s journalist Viktoria Marinova at a local television station, TVN in the town of Ruse, Bulgaria. EPA-EFE FILE/TVN RUSE / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
Sofia, Oct 10 (efe-epa).- Police in Germany have detained a man as a part of the inquiry into the murder of a Bulgarian reporter who was investigating alleged corruption related to European Union funds, the Bulgarian government confirmed Wednesday.
Viktoria Marinova’s beaten corpse, which showed signs of rape and brutal violence, was found on Saturday in the northern Bulgarian city of Ruse, on the border with Romania, some 320 kilometers (199 miles) to the northeast of the capital, Sofia.
Bulgarian Interior Minister Mladen Marinov told the media in Sofia that the man detained has been identified as a resident of Ruse, Bulgaria.
The man was born in 1997 and his mother is believed to be a resident of Germany.
Bulgarian officers found several objects related to the victim in his house in Ruse, while his DNA samples also match with those found on the woman’s body, the minister added.
Public prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov said that at the moment it was not possible to say whether the journalist’s murder was in linked to her work.
He added that they were filing charges of rape and murder, which could lead to life imprisonment.
Tsatsarov said the suspect had drunk heavily, and it appeared to be a case of spontaneous assault with sexual intent.