Viktoria Marinova: Arrest over Bulgarian journalist's murder

Candlelit vigils were held around the country

He declined to provide further details on the ongoing investigation.

Bulgarian police had announced earlier on Tuesday that the man arrested on Monday night in Ruse was to be released because his alibi was credible.

The brutal killing of 30-year-old Viktoria Marinova - who presented a current affairs talk programme called "Detector" for the small TVN television channel - has shocked the country and drawn worldwide condemnation.

A Bulgarian investigative online media site has gone further, calling for an independent global inquiry, saying a Bulgarian investigation could be compromised by corrupt Bulgarian officials.

The killing came to light on Sunday after Marinova's body was discovered in a park in Ruse the previous day.

Ms Marinova recently hosted two journalists investigating the embezzlement of European Union funds on a television show called Detector.

Bulgarian prosecutors announced late Monday they had opened an investigation into GP Group, a large private Bulgarian building company alleged to have misused the European Union money.

Interior Minister Mladen Marinov and Bulgaria's leading organized crime investigator, Ivaylo Spiridonov, are part of the investigating team.

He said Marinova was linked to bivol.bg's investigations because its reporters had appeared on her show.

Police have said the 30-year-old journalist was brutally beaten, raped, and strangled, and that their inquiry was looking into both her personal and professional life.

BTS Crowned Winner Of Favorite Social Artist At 2018 American Music Awards
The diva quota will be filled by headliners Jennifer Lopez , Carrie Underwood , Mariah Carey and the ever-provocative Cardi B . A special tribute to Aretha Franklin is included, as is some early promotion for the upcoming Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody .

Avon Philippines Launches Breast Cancer Awareness Crusade
"I try to reassure them and find something positive in the diagnosis so they are more relaxed about the future", Smith said. She was told she had triple negative breast cancer, which has none of the receptors that normal breast cancer has.

4 maps predicting Hurricane Michael's path, timing, wind speeds, and rainfall
Rick Scott says Hurricane Michael is a "monstrous storm" that has the potential to be devastating to the Florida Panhandle. A storm surge watch is in effect for Anclote River in Florida to Anna Maria Island in Florida, including Tampa Bay.

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

Margaritis Schinas, spokesman for European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, said the commission expected "a swift and thorough investigation" that would "bring those responsible to justice and clarify whether this attack was linked to her work".

The German government also sharply condemned the slaying, with the Foreign Ministry saying it was imperative "that there's a fast investigation and that this awful event will be illuminated as comprehensively as possible".

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.

Marinova was a presenter for a current affairs show called Detector on Ruse-based private television channel TVN, one of the most popular channels in northeastern Bulgaria.

She interviewed the reporters behind the probe, investigative journalists Dimitar Stoyanov from the Bivol.bg website and Attila Biro from the Romanian Rise Project.

"The country has a bad image with regard to press freedom, but it's possible that there is no link to this case", said Svetoslav Terziev, opposition media analyst and journalism teacher.

"This is a topic on which no other Bulgarian national media dared to report on", he told The Associated Press.

The Commission urged Bulgaria to conduct a rapid investigation and the USA embassy said it was shocked by the "horrific murder".

Related:

  • Banksy shocks art world by shredding $1.4 mln work at auction

    Banksy shocks art world by shredding $1.4 mln work at auction

    The Girl With Balloon sold for over R20 million at an auction in London but then self-destructed the minute the hammer went down. His name is Banksy and he thinks that art should not be prostituted by capitalism.
    'Making A Murderer Part 2' gets its very first trailer

    'Making A Murderer Part 2' gets its very first trailer

    The first " Making a Murderer " docuseries became a Netflix phenom in 2015 and resulted in considerable attention on Manitowoc County, Wis., where the case took place.
    The Trailer For 'Star Trek: Discovery' Season Two Has Arrived

    The Trailer For 'Star Trek: Discovery' Season Two Has Arrived

    Kardin went on to explain that they still wanted Peck and Mount to bring their own takes on these iconic characters. To that end, Kurtzman says that the season is about exploring the area between science and faith.
  • Ousted Guardians of the Galaxy director switches camps, tied to new DC Comics film

    The cast of Guardians Of The Galaxy have defended Gunn since the tweets were unearthed. They can still say Drax is in the third movie - he's just invisible.
    Google Home Hub hands-on: Big AI in a small smart display

    Google Home Hub hands-on: Big AI in a small smart display

    And if you happen to be taking a selfie video while walking or moving around, Pixel 3 brings you front-facing video stabilisation. Both the Pixel 3 variants come with high-quality Pixel USB-C earbuds and a USB-C Digital to 3.5 mm headphone adapter in the box.
    President Trump Apologizes to Brett Kavanaugh At Ceremonial Swearing

    President Trump Apologizes to Brett Kavanaugh At Ceremonial Swearing

    Other analysts said the court's reputation could suffer as it becomes perceived as a political, rather than a legal, institution. All eight Supreme Court justices attended the reception, along with the Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee .
  • McGregor, Khabib fans face off in vicious, scary Vegas melee

    McGregor, Khabib fans face off in vicious, scary Vegas melee

    The Russian then jumped out of the octagon and attacked McGregor's teammate Dillon Danis , which resulted in a massive brawl. He would smash McGregor, talk to him, maul him, make him exhausted , barrack his corner and eventually make him tap.

    Oil prices rise as Iranian crude exports fall

    The details provided by Refinitiv Eikon showed the Islamic Republic exported 1.1 million barrels per day (bpd) of crude last week. Hedge funds cut their bullish wagers on USA crude in the latest week to the lowest level in almost a year, data showed on Friday.
    Israeli firm pitched social media manipulation to Trump campaign

    Israeli firm pitched social media manipulation to Trump campaign

    In this June 21, 2017, photo, special counsel Robert Mueller departs after a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. Richard Gates leaves the Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington, DC, after a hearing on February 23, 2018.
  • David Koch Weighs Into The Opera House Stoush

    David Koch Weighs Into The Opera House Stoush

    Since then, more than 130,000 people have signed an online petition to stop the promotion - but it is still planned to go ahead. The Change.org petition Defend Our Opera House: Support Lousie Herron is growing at an extraordinary pace.

    Time Is Running Out To Control Climate Change, U.N. Report Says

    The US$2.4 trillion that the climate change panel has calculated as necessary investments is nearly seven times more than that. At the same time , the world must all but completely phase out coal, while boosting renewable energy by almost 50 percent.
    Nikki Haley Resigns As UN Ambassador

    Nikki Haley Resigns As UN Ambassador

    We will miss you... you've done a fantastic job", Trump said in warm words that clearly showed there was no animus between them. But Haley, who is speculated to hold aspirations for higher office, said at the White House: "No I'm not running in 2020 ".

Comments

Latest news

Google fires at Apple with Pixel 3 phone, other devices
There's a notch on the top of the 3 XL, but the Pixel 3 simply adopts a similar curved cornered screen as found on the Pixel 2 . The most exciting productivity-focused app Google announced at its event was Adobe Acrobat, allowing users to create PDF files.

Mohamed Salah Has Received 53% Of Votes To Win The Balon d'Or
The Tottenham striker captained England to their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years in Russian Federation this summer. De Bruyne was nominated for helping his club win the Premier League and his country reach the World Cup semi-finals.

The Walking Dead Season 9 Premiere Ratings Lowest Since 2010
What might serve as the lemonade from the proverbial lemons here is the number of overall viewers has not quite reached a low. Nevertheless, this year's " The Walking Dead's low rated premiere" story yields a startling statistic.

A Running List of Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame Omissions
Fans can also participate by going to rockhall.com and can cast votes for the artist they believe to be most deserving. You can help pick which 2019 nominees enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by voting HERE.

Aguero nominated for Ballon d'Or
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has been included in the list alongside Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero. The award will be given on December 3.

International Monetary Fund cuts global growth forecasts
Global economic growth is now expected to reach 3.7% in 2018 and 2019, down from the IMF's previous prediction of 3.9% in July. The fund left its 2018 USA forecast unchanged but cut its expectation for next year, citing the impact of the trade conflict.

Major League Baseball announces start times for first two games of ALCS
Sabathia appealed a five-game suspension from Major League Baseball that would not take effect until next season. If anyone on the Red Sox gets hit (or even brushed back) in Game 4, it would be Andrew Benintendi or Brock Holt.

United Nations Climate Report Warns Miami Basically Screwed
He says clean energy power from the sun, water, wind, and other renewable resources are available to meet humanity's needs. But those past predictions appear to have been far too conservative (a common critique of IPCC reports in general).

Michael expected to have some impact on Carolinas
In neighboring Wakulla County, no shelters are opening at all because its shelters are only rated safe for Category 2 storms. The NHC expects the center of Hurricane Michael to cross onto the Florida Panhandle or Florida Big Bend Area on Wednesday.

South African finance minister quits cabinet over Gupta links
Nene's spokesperson‚ Jabulani Sikhakhane‚ was not available for comment. "I deeply regret these lapses and beg your forgiveness". Apart from serving as Reserve Bank governor, Mboweni also served as labour minister under late president Nelson Mandela.

Windows 10 October 2018 Update no longer includes basic external printer drivers
Microsoft support technicians "have the tools to get you back to a good state", Windows Insider Program lead Dona Sarkar tweets . Now it has re-released the update, fixing the issue while shedding some light on how many people were impacted by the bug.

10 things to know about Aussies and mental health
Now its 2000-strong global workforce can now access personal leave for their wellbeing and mental health when they need it most. Last year, more than 16,000 patients visited these clinics. "Suicide is a leading cause of death in young people".

Hillary Clinton calls Trump's Kavanaugh swearing-in ceremony a 'political rally'
Court watchers will be looking to see whether the new justice asks questions at arguments and, if so, what he asks. Arguments will resume Wednesday in separate cases, one involving the detention of undocumented immigrants.

PS5 May Not Be a Big Departure from PlayStation 4
Some believe it's an indication backward compatibility is returning to the brand, courtesy of the PlayStation 5 . That puts Sony's next console on track for launch somewhere in the vicinity of 2021.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 File Size Revealed
That's not really a problem - and is now considered normal for most games, especially those with a multiplayer component. The only upside is that Blackout, the new Battle Royale mode, becomes playable once the install is around 30% done.

Other news