Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Suspect Arrested in Killing of Bulgarian Journalist

Suspect Arrested in Killing of Bulgarian Journalist

She said the regional current affairs show, "Detector", would do similar investigations.

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

'Thanks to the large amount of DNA material collected it is just a matter of time before the perpetrator will be found, ' he said. Police have said the killings were connected to Kuciak's work, and they recently arrested several people suspected of involvement, including one man authorities believe was a paid hit man.

Authorities are in the process of identifying witnesses and establishing a motive for murder, CNN reported.

The first episode of Marinova's program aired September 30 and featured two investigative journalists - Dimitar Stoyanov from the Bivol.bg website and Attila Biro from the Romanian Rise Project - discussing their investigation into allegations of fraud involving European Union funds linked to prominent businessmen and politicians in Bulgaria. One theory they're pursuing is that the assault was an unplanned event, carried out by someone from a psychiatric facility in the vicinity of the crime scene. "We continue to work on all versions", said Marinov, the Interior Minister. Bulgarian media said that the relationship between the divorcees was normal and there was no tension between them.

The minister said investigators had spoken to Marinova's family and friends and "there is no apparent link to her work".

Bulgaria was under pressure Monday to find the killer of a television journalist whose brutal murder sparked worldwide condemnation, as mourners thronged candlelight vigils in the capital Sofia and the northern town of Ruse where she was killed.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters on Sunday he is looking into reports that Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian journalist for the Washington Post, was killed while visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week.

Vigils in Marinova's memory were held Monday evening in Ruse, the capital Sofia and other cities. She was the mother of a young daughter.

"We pray for sympathy to the sorrow of her relatives and colleagues".

Marinova's murder has drawn global condemnation and calls from media watchdogs for a comprehensive investigation.

Marinova, who leaves a seven-year-old child, was divorced from the owner of Rousse's TVN in February 2018.

The press office of the European anti-fraud unit OLAF said it was "aware of allegations concerning possible misuse of EU funds in Bulgaria that have been brought to light by journalists in recent weeks".

The two journalists - Attila Biro of the Romanian Rise Project, and Dimitar Stoyanov, a reporter for Bivol.bg - had uncovered "large-scale and wide-spread corruption" in EU-funded projects in Bulgaria worth hundreds of millions of Bulgarian leva, the European Council said.

European Commission vice-president, Frans Timmermans, said he was "shocked by the horrendous murder" of Marinova.

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