Viktoria Marinova: Arrest over Bulgarian journalist's murder

Her body was discovered in a park on Saturday

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.

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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".

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