>> A Bulgarian man has been arrested in Germany over the rape and murder of television journalist Viktoria Marinova. The 20-year-old suspect, Severin Krasimirov, lived near the park in Ruse where Marinova's body was found, and left the country the day after the murder. Bulgaria's Prosecutor General.>> We've collected a lot of evidence, which for the time being suggests that the person is guilty.
He's been in charged in absentia for two crimes, rape, and premeditated murder with extreme cruelty.>> During her last TV appearance, Marinova disclosed that her show Detector, airing on local television station NTV, would carry out an investigation into suspected corruption involving EU funds, leading to speculation that her murder might not have been a random attack.
But Bulgaria's prime minister has strongly disputed suggestions that Marinova's death could have been connected to her professional work, stating that journalists in his country have total freedom to write and report on any topic.>> We've done all this work in a frame of three days. In the frame of three days, I read monstrous things about Bulgaria, none of which were true.
>> Borissov criticized those who rushed to categorize Marinova along with two recently murdered journalists from Malta and Slovakia, who were targeted for their work. Daphne Caruana Galizia, Malta's best known investigative reporter, was killed when a bomb blew up her car in October last year. And Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak was shot dead in February.