October 17, 2018 / 6:17 PM / 9 months ago

Suspect in Bulgarian murder case extradited from Germany

FILE PHOTO: A photograph of Bulgarian journalist Viktoria Marinova and a condolence book are seen before her funeral service in Holy Trinity Cathedral in Ruse, Bulgaria, October 12, 2018. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov/File Photo

SOFIA (Reuters) - Germany has extradited the suspect in the killing of Bulgarian television journalist Viktoria Marinova to Bulgaria, an Interior Ministry official said on Wednesday.

Bulgarian Severin Krasimirov, is to be charged in person with the rape and murder of 30-year-old Marinova, whose body was found in a park in her Danube hometown of Ruse on Oct 6. Police said she was beaten, raped and died of suffocation.

Prosecutors have said evidence did not indicate Marinova’s death was related to her work and pointed to a random sexual crime although they are still investigating all possibilities.

Krasimirov was arrested in Germany last week where he admitted partial guilt to a German court.

“German authorities have handed over ... the 21-year-old citizen of Ruse,” the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

A German prosecutor confirmed Krasimirov has been extradited via a flight from Frankfurt.

(This version of the story was refiled to remove superfluous word ‘in’ in paragraph 2)

Reporting by Tsvetelia Tsolova and Angel Krasimirov in Sofia and Andrea Shalal in Berlin; Editing by Alison Williams

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